The William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2020 Winner

It is our great pleasure to confirm The Rodchenkov Affair: How I Brought Down Putin’s Secret Doping Empire by Grigory Rodchenkov as the winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2020.

From creating the most sophisticated doping programme in world sport to blowing the whistle on the outrageous practices of Soviet athletics, Grigory Rodchenkov delivers a pulsating narrative that reads like the purest conspiracy thriller.

 

The Rodchenkov Affair was praised for its searing honesty and bravery as Grigory Rodchenkov explains in gripping detail how he helped ensure Russian athletes who cheated through doping, escape detection.’

Alyson Rudd, Chair of Judges

The Shortlist

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In a thoroughly inspiring tale of overcoming all odds, Muay Thai kickboxing champion and captain of the British team, Ruqsana Begum shares her incredible journey to stardom.

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Against a backdrop of rising pre-war tension, America, Britain and Nazi Germany strove to be the first to reach the summit of the Himalayas, and Ellsworth recounts the adventure, excitement and import of the rivalry with pace and urgency.

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A fascinating and ultimately tragic account of the rebel West Indian cricketers paid huge sums to tour apartheid South Africa, The Unforgiven examines the lifetime cost of an impetuous, youthful decision.

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Delicate and deeply poignant, Ridley’s chronicle of a summer spent watching county cricket in the shadow of debilitating grief is a tender meditation on sport’s power to heal and console.

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Jaw-droppingly candid and completely immersive, Rodchenkov’s revelations from a career systematically cheating global athletics institutions make for both enlightening and enraging reading.

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The Longlist

Please note: Unfortunately, two of this year’s selected titles – Surf, Sweat and Tears by Andy Martin and Fringes by Ben Mercer – are currently unavailable on our website and so are not shown in our list below.

Born Fighter
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A People's History of Tennis
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This is esports (and How to Spell it)
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Where There's A Will
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The World Beneath Their Feet
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The Unforgiven
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Niki Lauda
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The Farther Corner
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Out of the Darkness
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The Breath of Sadness
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The Rodchenkov Affair
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Mud, Maul, Mascara
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The Russian Affair
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