With the shocking death of Gary Speed all over the newspapers this week, it seems fitting that the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award should go to ‘A Life Too Short’ by Ronald Reng, the biography of Robert Enke, the German goalkeeper who took his own life in 2009. Now in its 23rd year, the award champions the best sport writers and the related trials and traumas they record. This year’s varied shortlist includes works on shamed cyclist David Millar, the blood-filled culture of bullfighting, the tragic injury and subsequent fight of rugby prop Matt Hampson and the life of the fan as described by Patrick Collins. Meanwhile for the true obsessive, Dave Roberts writes of the heartbreaking choice he makes between his thousands of treasured programmes, while John Tarrant’s plight as an athletics outcast is told in ‘Ghost Runner’ by Bill Jones. Rob Greig
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