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Mongolian Derby winner's book makes shortlist for William Hill sports prize

William Hill Sports Book of the Year contenders
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The shortlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year was revealed on Tuesday and Mongolian Derby legend Lara Prior Palmer features in the final six chasing the prestigious prize.

Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Wildest Horse Race (Penguin Random House) charts her unexpected win in the 1,000km race when she became the youngest winner of the race at the age of 19.

Endurance has clearly caught the imagination of the judges as another finalist is Rise of the Ultra Runners: A  Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance by Adharanand Finn (Faber & Faber).

The winner, who will collect £30,000, will be announced at a reception at the Royal Horseguards Hotel on December 5. The shortlisted authors will receive a leather bound copy of their book and a £3,000 cash prize.

The judging panel is made up of retired professional footballer Clarke Carlisle, five-time Olympic medallist and rower Dame Katherine Grainger, and broadcasters John Inverdale, Danny Kelly and Mark Lawson. Chair of the judges is author and journalist Alyson Rudd.

The other shortlisted books are: The Great Romantic: Cricket and the Golden Age of Neville Cardus by Duncan Hamilton (Hodder & Stoughton); In Sunshine or in Shadow: How Boxing Brought Hope in the Troubles by Donald McRae (Simon & Schuster); Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump by Rick Reilly (Headline Publishing Group) and Position of Trust: A Football Dream Betrayed by Andy Woodward with Tom Watt (Hodder & Stoughton).


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The book charts her unexpected win in the 1,000km race when she became the youngest winner of the race at the age of 19
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