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William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Rillington Place, Johnny Cash

William Finnegan, the winner of Sports Book of the Year, and his fellow shortlisted writers, poet Paul Muldoon on Johnny Cash, and Natasha Cooper on Rillington Place.

It was announced today that William Finnegan has won the 2016 William Hill Sports Book of the Year for his book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. John Wilson reports from the ceremony and speaks to each of the authors of the seven shortlisted books, including Diana Nyad, who, aged 64, became the first person to swim the 100-mile stretch of shark-infested ocean between Cuba and Florida.

Rillington Place, a street in West London, became notorious as the home of John Christie, the serial killer who framed another man, Timothy Evans, for one of his murders. Evans was hanged in 1950 and it would be another three years before Christie was convicted. The story is the subject of a new three-part BBC drama starring Tim Roth and Samantha Morton. Crime writer Natasha Cooper reviews.

Johnny Cash Forever Words is a collection of previously unpublished and unseen poems by the singer songwriter. They were discovered by his son, John Carter Cash, who asked the poet Paul Muldoon to select 41 poems from 200. Muldoon discusses Cash's strengths as a poet and what distinguishes poems from lyrics.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Rachel Simpson.

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30 minutes


  • William Hill Sports Book of the Year

    Duration: 13:27

  • Rillington Place

    Duration: 05:17

  • Johnny Cash

    Duration: 08:49

William Hill Sports Book of the Year


Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan 


Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek by Rick Broadbent

Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius by Oliver Kay

Chasing Shadows: The Life & Death of Peter Roebuck by Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge

Mr Darley’s Arabian: High Life, Low Life, Sporting Life – A History of Racing in 25 Horses by Christopher McGrath

Find a Way: One Untamed and Courageous Life by Diana Nyad

Mister: The Men Who Taught the World How to Beat England at Their Own Game by Rory Smith

Main picture shows John Inverdale and William Finnegan
Photo credit: Jerome Weatherald

Rillington Place

Rillington Place
Tim Roth as Christie in Rillington Place

Rillington Place begins on BBC One on Tuesday 29 November at 9pm

Johnny Cash - Forever Words - The Unknown Poems

Johnny Cash - Forever Words - The Unknown Poems
Photo shows: Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash - Forever Words is available now


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest William Finnegan
Interviewed Guest Diana Nyad
Interviewed Guest Natasha Cooper
Interviewed Guest Paul Muldoon
Presenter John Wilson
Producer Rachel Simpson




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