Henry Shefflin’s autobiography, released earlier this year, has been nominated for Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year for this year’s Irish Book Awards.
The nomination notes read “In an era when Kilkenny established itself as the dominant force in hurling, one man stood out from a remarkable group of players: Henry Shefflin. Now widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, his hurling life has included its share of bitter disappointments, agonizing injuries and intense rivalries. An essential and insightful read.”
Shefflin launched his autobiography at a jam-packed Cillín Hill at the end of September and has been flying off bookshelves since.
Of course, he’s not the only one in the category.
This year’s shortlist includes some of the big heroes of Irish sport including former Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner’s The Last Line (autobiography), Until Victory Always, a memoir by Jim McGuinness, The White Heat: My Autobiography by former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé, Peter Stringer’s aptly named autobiography Pulling The Strings along with Sean McGoldricks’s story of Irish olympic boxing, Punching Above Their Weight.
Voting is open to the public, closing midnight 19 November and votes can be cast at IrishBookAwards.ie. Henry will be in Eason in MacDonagh Junction this Sunday for an afternoon book signing.