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Philly McMahon's 'The Choice' named the 2017 winner for the eir Sports Book of the Year award

The autobiography was written by Niall Kelly of The42.

FIVE-TIME ALL-Ireland winner Philly McMahon has been named as the 2017 winner for the eir Sports Book of the Year award.

Written by sports journalist Niall Kelly, Deputy Editor of The42, McMahon’s autobiography ‘The Choice’ looks at Philly’s relationship with his brother John, who died in 2012 at the age of 31 after a long struggle with heroin addiction.

John was at the point of being almost drug-free at the time.

McMahon’s book beat off competition from other works on the shortlist — Jackie Tyrrell’s ‘The Warriors Code’, written by Christy O’Connor, and ‘The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish cycling’s golden generation’ by Barry Ryan.

Previous winners of the award include Kieran Donaghy’s ‘What Do You Think of That?’

The42 has just published its first book, Behind The Lines, a collection of some of the year’s best sports stories. Pick up your copy in Eason’s, or order it here today (€10):

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