Victoria Pendleton in race for William Hill prize
Medal-winning cyclist's memoir could score William Hill Sports Book of the Year
Olympic cyclist and "Strictly Come Dancing" contestant Victoria Pendleton could be on the blocks for another prize, as her memoir is longlisted for the £24,000 William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
Her Between the Lines joins 13 other contenders, including books about swimming, running, football and squash.
“2012 was a memorable sporting year thanks to the Olympics and the Paralympics, the Ryder Cup and the US Open to name but a few of the highlights, and it is a year which has also produced a strong crop of memorable sporting books," said William Hill spokesman and founder of the award, Graham Sharpe. "This is the most diverse longlist we have yet seen."
The shortlist will be announced on 26 October, with the winner crowned on 26 November.
The longlist in full:
That Near-Death Thing by Rick Broadbent
Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn
Iron War by Matt Fitzgerald
The Footballer Who Could Fly by Duncan Hamilton
The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle
A Weight Off My Mind by Richard Hughes, with Lee Mottershead
Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan
Fibber in the Heat by Miles Jupp
The Dirtiest Race in History by Richard Moore
Between the Lines by Victoria Pendleton, with Donald McRae
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington, with Michael Aylwin
Jonny: My Autobiography by Jonny Wilkinson, with Owen Slot
Shot and a Ghost by James Willstrop