William Finnegan's surfing tour de force Barbarian Days adds the Bookie Prize to his Pulitzer Prize

The remarkable story of how long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad completed the Cuba-to-Florida epic challenge at the age of 64

Giving the game away - how England's coaching missionaries taught the world how to beat us at football

Will this fast-paced history of horse racing's greatest bloodline turn out to be the 'bookie prize' favourite?

Will it be third time lucky for Times man Rick Broadbent with his wonderful story of the magnificent runner Emil Zátopek?

Barbarian Days: A brilliant story of a life that evolved alongside an enduring obsession with surfing. But can it be judged as a sports book?