Sports Book of the Year
I suppose I grew up on a diet of sports biographies and books. Like a lot of sportsmen, my dad Terry Yorath didn't read much else. He usually chose other footballers' books, but as a keen horse man he did like racing biographies too.
I remember reading Lester Piggott's book when I was a teenager - I was probably the only kid in my class reading that.
Tony Cascarino's book, which came out about twelve years ago, seemed to change the way sporting stars wrote about themselves.
Most publishers had tended to focus on the career of an athlete and what he or she did on the field of play, but Cascarino's very candid look at himself and his personal life gave a much fuller picture. He also revealed a brilliant secret: he wasn't really Irish, and that helped to make the book a bestseller.
I love finding out what makes the brilliant sports people we adore tick, how they got to the top of their game, what makes them special, and finding out they have insecurities and failings, just like us.
It's a great example of a sportsman we all feel we know revealing a tortured and uncomfortable side to himself, which in his case makes me admire him even more.
Brian Moore's book is also a fascinating glimpse inside the mind of a complicated man.
Of course, not all of the books are biographies, and I really enjoyed Matthew Syed's book Bounce, which is about how different athletes have made it in their chosen sports. My only regret was that I hadn't read it as a 15 year old gymnast.
My husband Kenny Logan wrote his book Just For Kicks last year and I know he found it a cathartic experience. Perhaps that's why so many sportsmen do it. Maybe it can finally lay the ghost of a career to rest.
Gabby will speak to nominees and reveal the winner of the 2010 William Hill Book Of The Year Award during the show on Tuesday 30 November. It will be live from the award ceremony from 12pm-2pm.
This year's nominees:
- Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
- Trautmann's Journey: From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend by Catrine Clay
- A Last English Summer by Duncan Hamilton
- Blood Knots by Luke Jennings
- Beware of the Dog: Rugby's Hard Man Reveals All by Brian Moore
- Bounce: How Champions Are Made by Matthew Syed