British Sports Book Awards

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Cross British Sports Book Awards
Awarded for British sports books
Sponsored by Cross Pens
Country England
Hosted by National Sporting Club
First awarded 2003
Last awarded Active

The Cross British Sports Book Awards (previously National Sporting Club Book Awards) is a British literary award for sports writing. It was first awarded in 2003 as part of the National Sporting Club. Awards are presented in multiple categories. Each category is judged by one of: sports writers and broadcasters, retailers and enthusiasts. The winners from each category are then opened to public vote through a website to choose an overall winner. Cross Pens became the headline sponsor in 2015. The other major sports writing award in Britain is the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.

The award was founded by David H. Willis.[1] The awards original sponsors include Ladbrokes, Virgin Publishing, Butler and Tanner and WH Smith. As of 2015, new sponsors include Cross Pens, Sky Sports, The Times, Littlehampton Book Services, Robert Walters, TalkSPORT, Freshtime, Human Race Group, Arbuthnot Latham and Procorre.

Previous winners[edit]

Best overall winner[edit]

  • 2011 Promised Land – Anthony Clavane (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2012 Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt HampsonPaul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster)[2]
  • 2013 Bobby's Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a LegendSteven Reid (Corinthian)
  • 2014 The Nowhere Men: The Unknown Story of Football’s True Talent Spotters – Michael Calvin (Century)
  • 2015 Proud - Gareth Thomas and Michael Calvin (Ebury)[3]
  • 2016 My Fight, Your FightRonda Rousey (Arrow)

Best Autobiography/Biography[edit]

Best Autobiography[edit]

Best Biography[edit]

  • 2003 Jack & Bobby: Story of Brothers in ConflictLeo McKinstry (Collins Willow)
  • 2004 Keeper of DreamsRonald Reng (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2005 Basil D'OliveiraPeter Oborne (Little Brown)
  • 2006 Lance Armstrong: Tour de ForceDaniel Coyle (Collins Willow)
  • 2007 The Death of Marco PantaniMatt Rendell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • 2008 In Search of Robert MillarRichard Moore (HarperSport)
  • 2009 Regga – Clay RegazzoniChristopher Hilton (Haynes Publishing)
  • 2010 Harold LarwoodDuncan Hamilton (Quercus)[9]
  • 2011 Trautmann's JourneyCatrine Clay (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2015 Bobby Moore: The Man in Full - Matt Dickinson (Yellow Jersey Press)[3]
  • 2016 Speed KingsAndy Bull (Bantam)
  • 2017 The Maverick Mountaineer - Robert Wainwright (ABC)
  • 2018 Ali: A Life - Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster)

Best International Autobiography[edit]

Best Football Book[edit]

Best Cricket Book[edit]

  • 2007 Sixty Summers: Cricket Since the WarDavid Foot and Ivan Ponting (Fairfield Books)
  • 2008 More Than a Game: The Story of Cricket’s Early YearsJohn Major (HarperPress)
  • 2009 The Way It WasStephen Chalke (Fairfield Books)
  • 2010 Golden BoyChristian Ryan (Orion)
  • 2011 Slipless in SettleHarry Pearson (Little Brown)
  • 2012 Fred TruemanChris Waters
  • 2013 On WarneGideon Haigh (Simon & Schuster)[4]
  • 2014 The Great Tamasha - James Astill[5]
  • 2015 Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan - Peter Oborne (Simon & Schuster)[3]
  • 2016 Chasing Shadows: The Life & Death Of Peter RoebuckTim Lane and Elliot Cartledge (Hardie Grant)
  • 2017 A Beautiful Game: My Love Affair with Cricket - Mark Nicholas (Allen & Unwin)
  • 2018 Over and Out, Albert Trott - Steve Neal (Pitch Publishing)

Best Rugby Book[edit]

Best Horse Racing Book[edit]

Best Cycling Book[edit]

  • 2015 The Race Against The Stasi - Herbie Sykes (Aurum Press)[3]
  • 2016 The RacerDavid Millar (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2017 Triumphs and Turbulence: My Autobiography - Chris Boardman (Ebury Press)
  • 2018 Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire - Andy McGrath (Rapha)

Best Golf Book[edit]

  • 2012 The 100 Greatest Ever GolfersAndy Farrell[13]
  • 2013 Bobby's Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend – Steven Reid (Icon Books)[4]

Best Motorsports Book[edit]

  • 2012 Ultimate E-Type – Philip Porter
  • 2013 That Near-Death Thing – Rick Broadbent (Orion)[4]

Best Illustrated Book[edit]

  • 2003 Peter Alliss’ Golf HeroesPeter Alliss (Virgin Books)
  • 2004 Football Days: Classic Photos – Peter Robinson (Mitchell Beazley)
  • 2005 The Olympics Athens to Athens: 1896–2004M Jacque Rogge (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • 2006 Speed Addicts: Grand Prix RacingMark Hughes (Collins Willow)
  • 2007 1966 Uncovered: The Unseen Story of the World Cup in England – Peter Robinson and Doug Cheeseman (Mitchell Beazley)
  • 2008 Goodbye Gay MeadowMathew Ashton (GGM Publishing)
  • 2009 In The Frame: Great Racing PhotographsEdward Whitaker (Highdown)
  • 2010 Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon’s CrownJohn Barrett and Ian Hewitt (Vision Sports Publishing)
  • 2011 61 The Spurs Double (Vision Sports Publishing)
  • 2012 WimbledonIan Hewitt and Bob Martin
  • 2013 21 Days to GloryTeam Sky and Dave Brailsford (HarperCollins)[4]
  • 2014 Incredible Waves: An Appreciation of Perfect Surf - Chris Power[5]
  • 2015 The Age Of Innocence - ed. Reuel Golden (Taschen)[3]
  • 2016 1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin – Bob Martin (Vision Sports Publishing)
  • 2017 The Lane - Adam Powley, Steve Perryman and Martin Cloake (Vision Sports Publishing)
  • 2018 The History Makers - Sarah Juggins and Richard Stainthorpe (Pitch Publishing)

Best New Writer[edit]

  • 2003 Kings of the Mountains: How Colombia's Cycling Heroes Changed Their Nation's HistoryMatt Rendell (Aurum Press)
  • 2004 John Daly: Letting the Big Dog EatGavin Newsham (Virgin Books)
  • 2005 Feet in the CloudsRichard Askwith (Aurum Press)
  • 2006 My Father and Other Working Class Football HeroesGary Imlach (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2007 The Hour: Sporting Immortality the Hard WayMichael Hutchinson (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2008 The Pyjama Game: A Journey into JudoMark Law (Aurum Press)
  • 2009 When Friday ComesJames Montague (Mainstream Publishing)
  • 2010 EclipseNicholas Clee (Bantam Press)
  • 2011 BounceMatthew Syed (Fourth Estate)
  • 2012 The Ghost RunnerBill Jones
  • 2013 Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth – Adharanand Finn (Faber and Faber)[4]
  • 2014 Land of Second Chances - Tim Lewis[5]
  • 2015 Night Games - Anna Krien (Yellow Jersey Press)[3]
  • 2016 Two Hours: The Quest To Run The Impossible Marathon – Ed Caesar (Viking)
  • 2017 And The Sun Shines Now - Adrian Tempany (Faber & Faber)

Outstanding Sports Writing Award[edit]

Best Publicity Campaign[edit]

  • 2010 The Man Who Cycled the World – Campaign by Madeline Toy (Random House)
  • 2011 It's All About the Bike – Campaign by Mari Yamazaki (Particular Books)
  • 2012 Run! – Campaign by Clare Drysdale (Allen & Unwin)
  • 2013 Be Careful What You Wish For – Campaign by Bethan Jones (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2014 Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography - Campaign by Karen Geary and Rebecca Mundy (Hodder)[5]
  • 2015 The Second Half by Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle - Campaign by Elizabeth Allen (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), with Jane Beaton from Kew Publicity[3]
  • 2016 The World of Cycling According to G – Campaign by Fiona Murphy (Quercus)

Sports Book Retailer of the Year[edit]

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing[edit]


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