Irish Book Awards

2013 Shortlist: The Sports Book of the Year

The AutobiographyThe Autobiography Seán Óg Ó hAilpín

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín is a one-of-a-kind sportsman, the iconic hurler of his generation. He became synonymous with Cork hurling during a period when the Rebel County reached the highest of highs and was regularly gripped by controversy. Seán Óg’s autobiography is not just an essential sporting story; it is an essential Irish story.



Becoming a LionBecoming a Lion Johnny Sexton

Johnny Sexton – the man who pulled the strings for the Lions – gives an intimate insight into the rugby life.  Becoming a Lion is an intimate portrait of life at the highest levels of the professional game – at Leinster, with Ireland, and on tour with the Lions.




THE Tick, Tock, Ten_CoverTick, Tock, Ten Gerry Duffy

Gerry Duffy’s compelling account of competing in one of the toughest sporting challenges on the planet: the Deca Iron Distance Triathlon.  His blow-by-blow account is at once revealing and uplifting as he details how he overcame bouts of hallucinations as he fought with every sinew of his being to finish the mammoth undertaking.



HUNGERHunger Sean Kelly

The long-awaited autobiography by Ireland’s legendary cyclist Sean Kelly.  For five years in the Eighties, Kelly was ranked world number one. In a glittering career he earned the nickname ‘King Kelly’, and he was one of the most respected cyclists of his generation.  This is the story of his career, in his own words.



Seven Deadly SinsSeven Deadly Sins David Walsh

Sunday Times journalist David Walsh’s long fight to reveal the truth about Lance Armstrong was finally vindicated when the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour victories and banned from the sport for life. This book is the compelling story of that battle, and Armstrong’s tragic fall from grace.



DJ CAREYDJ A Sporting Legend D J Carey

This is the story of DJ Carey, arguably the greatest hurler of all time, who played senior hurling with Kilkenny for 16 years. A sporting icon who reached great heights, he also endured challenging times on and off the pitch and now he brings it all together in the same honest, lively and engaging way that typified his playing days.



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