Former Cobblers’ captain Clarke Carlisle has been shortlisted for a prestigious award to recognise the best sports books of the year.
Mr Carlisle, who had two spells at Sixfields before retiring this summer, was today included on the longlist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2013.
The footballer’s book, ‘You Don’t Know Me, But ...: A Footballer’s Life’, was included on the list for the £25,000 prize alongside books by Lord Sebastian Coe, Jimmy Connors and Dennis Bergkamp.
Among the other titles on the list were Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, by journalist David Walsh, and Dreams Do Come True, by rower Katherine Grainger, who won gold at London 2012.
William Hill spokesman, Graham Sharpe, said: “I do not believe we have previously seen a year produce such an abundance of top quality titles.”
The William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award is the world’s longest established and most valuable literary sports-writing prize.
The judging panel for this year’s award consists of broadcaster and writer John Inverdale, broadcaster Danny Kelly, award-winning journalist Hugh McIlvanney and columnist and author Alyson Rudd.
The shortlist will be announced on October 25, with the winner announced live on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on November 27.
The longlist in full is:
Thierry Henry: Lonely at the Top – A Biography by Philippe Auclair (Macmillan)
Stillness and Speed: My Story by Dennis Bergkamp (Simon & Schuster)
The Boys In The Boat: An Epic True-Life Journey to the Heart of Hitler’s Berlin by Daniel James Brown (Macmillan)
You Don’t Know Me, But… A Footballer’s Life by Clarke Carlisle (Simon & Schuster)
Running My Life: The Autobiography by Seb Coe (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Outsider: My Autobiography by Jimmy Connors (Bantam Press)
The Sports Gene: What Makes The Perfect Athlete by David Epstein (Yellow Jersey Press)
Dreams Do Come True: The Autobiography by Katherine Grainger (Andre Deutsch)
Immortal: The Approved Biography of George Best by Duncan Hamilton (Century)
Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket’s Underworld by Ed Hawkins (Bloomsbury)
I Am Zlatan Ibrahimović by Zlatan Ibrahimović, David Lagercrantz and Ruth Urbom (Penguin)
Fear And Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona Vs Real Madrid by Sid Lowe (Yellow Jersey Press)
Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang by Jamie Reid (Racing Post)
Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius by Brough Scott (Racing Post)
The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong by Guido Mina di Sospiro (Yellow Jersey Press)
Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by David Walsh (Simon & Schuster)
Domestique: The True Life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro by Charly Wegelius and Tom Southam (Ebury Press)