Sports books 2016: The well-crafted works that trumped hasty cash-ins –

They say that journalism is the first draft of history, but these days the hasty cash-in book isn’t far behind. Leicester City’s triumph at odds of 5,000-1 in football’s Premier League was one of the finest sporting tales of this or any year. Barely six months on, it has inspired a volume of literature that would put Fanny Brawne to shame.

Leicester-themed books were hitting the shops within days. Unsurprisingly, many were not very good. There isn’t much point chronicling something so fresh in the memory; you may as well hand out copies of last week’s newspaper. Great events demand perspective, and perspective demands distance.


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