Book prize for Trescothick

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While England's batting line-up is enduring a largely miserable time in India, one former star is in better form. Marcus Trescothick, who played 76 Tests for England, has won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for his autobiography, Coming Back To Me.

Trescothick and his co-writer, Peter Hayter, share the £20,000 prize for the 20th annual award, presented by Michael Johnson, winner of four Olympic golds, who is working on his own book.

Trescothick's book details the personal problems which resulted in his withdrawal from the England side. "This is only the second autobiography to win the award," said Hill's spokesman and founder of the prize, Graham Sharpe. "The judges felt it fearlessly tackled one of the great taboos of elite sport." The judging panel included the broadcaster John Inverdale and journalist Hugh McIlvanney.

The five other finalists – including John Carlin's Playing The Enemy, about Nelson Mandela and the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup, and Janie Hampton's The Austerity Olympics, about the 1948 games – collect £2,000 each.