The shortlist for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2019 was revealed on 7th May 2019.
Epic: In Search of the Soul of Sport and Why it Matters by Simon Barnes, published by Simon and Schuster in July 2018, was shortlisted in the category 'General Outstanding Sports Book of the Year 2019'.
The Sports Book Awards, now in its 17th year, is the major annual promotion for sports writing and publishing. The awards exist to highlight the most outstanding sports books of the previous calendar year, to showcase their merits and to enhance their reputation and profile.
Simon Barnes has reported on six World Cups, seven Olympic Games, cricket on five continents and more than 20 Wimbledons, watching Diego Maradona, Usain Bolt, Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer at their peak. Along the way he had soul-revealing conversations with Ayrton Senna and sat on Desert Orchid.
His journalist’s experience gives him perspective, until the addictive madness of sport takes over. Epic is a stunning mosaic of some of the greatest sporting moments in recent years, which build up to provide the reader with a better idea of what sport is for, what differentiates winners from losers, and reveals how sport teaches us how better to enjoy life.
The full list of titles shortlisted for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2019 is available here