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Here's the 30 nominations for this year's Irish sports book award

From Ronnie Whelan’s account of life at Anfield to Nicolas Roche’s stories from the saddle, these are the runners and riders for the annual prize.

THE NOMINEES FOR this year’s Irish Sports Book of the Year have been announced today.

There are 30 contenders for this year’s award, the largest entry since the award was established six years ago.

“The standard of sports writing this year has again improved with some top class books in the running for the award and a range of stories from autobiographies to accounts of some of the most famous occasions in Irish sport,” said Tony Kenny, PR Manager for the bookmakers.

“This year’s is probably the most competitive list of contenders we have seen so there will certainly be a deserving winner come December.”

The shortlist will be announced in November with the winner of this year’s award being revealed in early December. The likes of George Hook, Matt Cooper, Eamon Dunphy and Sky Sports’ Paul Dempsey make up the judging panel.

Christy O’Connor’s The Club won last year. Which do you fancy this time around?

Here's the 30 nominations for this year's Irish sports book award
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  • The Dubs: Road to Sam Maguire - Malachy Clerkin

  • 100 Irish Rugby Greats - John Scally

  • Ambassadors on horseback - Michael Slavin and Louise Parkes

  • Born to Perform - Gerard Hartmann

  • Brothers in Sport - Charlie Mulqueen

  • Can you manage? - Tim Healy

  • One Hell of a Ride- Carberry Autobiography

  • Cyclone

  • Deadlock - Eoghan Corry

  • Life, death and hurlign - Michael Duignan

  • Engage: the fall and rise of Matt Hampson - Matt Hampson and Paul Kimmage

  • Inside the Peloton - Nicolas Roche

  • Red Blooded - Alan Quinlan

  • God v Mortals - Paul Keane

  • GAA County by County - Mike Cronin, Mark Duncan and Paul Rouse

  • Blue blood - Bernard Jackman

  • Joking Apart - Donncha O'Callaghan

  • Just Follow The Floodlights - Brian Kennedy

  • A Parish Far From Home - Philip O'Connor

  • Without a Shadow of a Doubt - Joe Kernan

  • Mick Mackey - Henry Martin

  • My Autobiography - Tony McCoy and Donn McClean

  • Ocean Fever - Damian Foxall and David Brannigan

  • Whose Side Are you On? - Teddy Jamieson

  • Places We Play - Mike Cronin and Roisin Higgins

  • Six after Six - Ger Siggins

  • The Official Book of the FAI Cup - Sean Ryan

  • This Is Our Year - Declan Bogue

  • Who Dares, Runs - Gerry Duffy

  • Walk On - Ronnie Whelan

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