Back from the Brink, the autobiography of Paul McGrath, has won the inaugural William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year. 

The story of the former St Patrick’s Athletic and Manchester United star was written with Irish Independent journalist Vincent Hogan and  was billed as the story of Ireland’s greatest ever footballer.

The winner beat off a strong shortlist consisting of the biographies of jockey Timmy Murphy and International Rules manager Sean Boylan, Tom Humphries’ look back on the great Dublin and Kerry Gaelic football rivalry, Alan English’s review of Munster’s road to Heineken Cup glory, and Paddy Agnew’s Forza Italia.