On 1st June the winners of the 2016 Cross Sports Book Awards will be announced at a ceremony held at Lords Cricket Ground in London. Emily Bullock's beautiful and brutal debut, THE LONGEST FIGHT, set in the gritty world of 1950s boxing, is shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category and we'll be keeping our fingers crossed! An Independent on Sunday book of the year, where it was described as 'a fine addition to the canon of boxing literature', THE LONGEST FIGHT has most recently been reviewed by the Historical Novel Society: 'In her story about redemption and hope, Bullock's writing is as taut as the fighters in her ring'.

THE LONGEST FIGHT was inspired by Emily's boxing grandfather and she writes about how this fed into her experience of becoming a writer, in an essay for Bookanista. Emily will appear on BBC Radio 4's Open Book this summer to explore the enduring appeal of the boxing hero in fiction today. Myriad holds World English rights to THE LONGEST FIGHT: translation, film/TV and all other rights are with Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock.