Your sports book of the year
Hamilton has form - his book on Brian Clough, Provided You Don't Kiss Me, won 'The Bookie' two years ago - but he was still shocked to become only the second two-time winner in the award's history.
"I said to my wife that I wasn't going to win," he told me afterwards. "I'm absolutely stunned. I thought the standard of the entries was too high, so I probably owe her an apology. Also, I worked on it every day of our honeymoon, including the wedding day itself..."
It's been a big year for sports books. Over 150 were entered for this year's award (a new record) which the judges - broadcasters Danny Kelly and John Inverdale, sportswriters Hugh McIlvanney and Alyson Rudd, and SportsPages bookshop founder John Gaustad - whittled down first to an official long-list of 13, and then a final shortlist of six.
Wise though these sporting sages undoubtedly are, it's clearly a game of opinions. Gaustad revealed that each of the judges had a different favourite from that shortlist, and that many hours of late-night argument were required for agreement to finally reached.
Which leads us to the public vote. What's been your favourite sports read of the year? We'll call it The Bloggie. If it lacks in history or prize money, it'll make up for it in audience interaction.
Harold Larwood was used to spearhead England's attack during the Bodyline series
We'll open the debate up with the other William Hill nominations. The five runners-up to Hamilton were as follows:
* 'Feet of the Chameleon' by Ian Hawkey (definitive story of African football)
* Rick Broadbent's 'Ring of Fire' (inside line on Valentino Rossi and MotoGP)
* John Daniell's 'Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary' (Kiwi journeyman lifts lid on playing pro in France)
*Nicolas Clee's 'Eclipse' (Seabiscuitesque yarn of equine superstardom)
* Graham Joyce's 'Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular' (humorous memoirs of a hapless no.1)
Next, the others selected for the long-list. Now, in the interests of BBC openness, I have to flag up the fact that two of the authors may be particularly familiar to users to this site. So, as the old phrase goes, let me make it quite clear that other sports books are also available.
* Philippe Auclair: 'Cantona: The Rebel who would be King'
* Tom Fordyce and Ben Dirs: 'We Could Be Heroes'
* Jon Henderson: 'The life of Fred Perry'
* Jon Hotten: 'The Years of the Locust'
* Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski: 'Why England Lose - And Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained'
* Kevin Mitchell: 'Jacob's Beach: The Mob, The Garden and the Golden Age of Boxing'
* Lynne Truss: 'Get Her Off The Pitch: How Sport took over my Life'
On Thursday I opened the debate up on my Twitter page. Among others, that threw up Simon Shaw's 'The Hard Yards' (nominated by jamiefox1), Dave Jones's autobiography 'No Smoke, No Fire' (from richardroper) and Barney Ronay's 'The Manager' (joemewis).
That's only a start, mind you. Dive in with your own selections and well-argued reasons and we'll see what floats to the top. Happy reading.