Congratulations go out to John McAvoy and Mark Turley, authors of Redemption: From Iron Bars to Ironman, which was today long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

A 16-strong list of nominations for the 29th 'Bookie Prize' - the world's oldest. most valuable and prestigious sports book award - includes books by Judy Murray, coach and mother to tennis stars Andy and Jamie, and former England cricket captain and psychoanalyst, Mike Brearley.

Announcing the short list this morning, the William Hill committee summarised the popular attraction of Redemption:

"Stints at Her Majesty’s pleasure are documented in two of the longlisted titles: a dramatic story of sporting salvation is relayed by author Mark Turley with former gang member and one of Britain’s Most Wanted criminals, John McAvoy, in Redemption: From Iron Bars to Iron Man – whilst serving a life sentence for armed robbery in Belmarsh high security unit, McAvoy discovered a talent for endurance athletics, which he harnessed to become a world record-breaker and one of the UK’s leading Iron Man competitors; and the highs and lows of the life of professional gambler and one of the industry’s most bombastic characters, Harry Findlay – including a one year prison stint aged 21 – as detailed by Findlay with author Neil Harman in Gambling for Life."

The shortlist will be announced on 24th October 2017. The winner will be announced at an afternoon reception at BAFTA, in central London, on Tuesday 28th November.

Click here to see the long list of nominations in full.

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Redemption.