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No-holds-barred biography of Belfast boxer Magee up for top award

Prize longlist: Eamonn Magee
Prize longlist: Eamonn Magee

By Tim Smith

A biography of Belfast boxer Eamonn Magee is in the running for a top literary prize.

The Lost Soul of Eamonn Magee is on a 17-strong longlist for the 30th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

The book by journalist Paul D Gibson documents a life filled with violence, vice and mental health problems which took Magee away from his craft.

A second book with Northern Ireland connections, The Boy on the Shed, is also on the list.

Written by Paul Ferris, a footballer turned physio and lawyer from Lisburn, it is an autobiographical account growing up surrounded by sectarian hatred and struggling with injury as a Newcastle United player.

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