HESKEY ON SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
Emile Heskey's book Even Heskey Scored has been shortlisted for the Autobiography of the Year at The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020.
Heskey is nominated alongside his one-time forward partner for Liverpool and England Michael Owen and England cricketers Ben Stokes and James Anderson.
The announcement describes the book as a "brisk story of a largely unsung player loved by his team mates, who overcame fierce criticism to live the football dream. It is a compelling read, concluding thoughtfully that racism remains a blind spot for many people."
The Telegraph Sports Book Awards are judged by an outstanding group of sports celebrities, broadcasters and journalists.
The judging panels for 2020 include: Louise Minchin, Christine Ohuruogu, Simon Halliday, Sir Tim Rice, The Rugby Writers Association, Jill Douglas, Simon Brotherton, Jacquie Beltrao, Adam Smith, Brian Moore, Darren Gough, The Football Writers Association and Rishi Persad.
The winner of the Autobiography of the Year will be announced at the 18th edition of The Telegraph Sports Book Awards, held in late September at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The ceremony features ten award categories and is filmed for a highlights programme shown on Sky Sports channels 1, 2 and 3.
Even Heskey Scored is the revealing autobiography of former footballer Emile Heskey. From humble beginnings, Emile became one of Leicester's favourite sons, as part of Martin O'Neill's swashbuckling misfits.
In five years he won promotion, four top-ten Premier League finishes and two League Cups. England called, as did Gerard Houllier and an £11 million move to Liverpool, enabling Emile to form a memorable partnership with Michael Owen for both club and country.
Then came the trophies - six of them, including the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. Heskey's England career saw him play in two European Championships and two World Cups as part of the Golden Generation, earning 62 caps and scoring seven times - including the final goal in the 5-1 demolition of Germany.
He went on to play for Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Aston Villa, Newcastle Jets and Bolton Wanderers, notably donating £100,000 to save Leicester City from extinction. Even Heskey Scored is the story of a largely unsung player, loved by his team-mates, who overcame fierce criticism to live the dream.
The full shortlists for the awards will be announced on June 17th 2020, where we reveal the shortlistees for the remaining nine categories, including the inaugural Children’s Sports Book of the Year.
Autobiography of the Year Shortlist 2020
They Don’t Teach This by Eni Aluko (Yellow Jersey)
Bowl. Sleep. Repeat by James Anderson (Octopus Books)
Behind the Mask by Tyson Fury (Century)
Reboot by Michael Owen (Reach Sport)
How Not to be a Professional Racing Driver by Jason Plato (Michael Joseph)
Even Heskey Scored by Emile Heskey (Pitch Publishing)
On Fire by Ben Stokes (Headline)