The Cross Sports Book Awards is the major annual promotion for Sports Writing & Publishing, the awards exist to highlight the most outstanding sports books of the previous calendar year, to showcase their merits and to enhance their reputation and profile.

“The Sports Book Awards are a great event in our sporting calendar. They show that the games we follow are not just about goals and runs and holes in one; they are about stories, history and personalities.” David Cameron, Prime Minister.

2016 key dates:
Jan- March: Judging process takes place reviewing sports books published during 2015​.
End-April: Awards shortlist launch.
1st June: Awards ceremony after dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
June: TV Highlights show broadcast on SkySports TV.

2015 Winners

The Cross Sports Book of the Year in association with The Times is Proud by Gareth Thomas


Autobiography of the Year
Biography of the Year
Cricket Book of the Year
Football Book of the Year
Horse Racing Book of the Year
Rugby Book of the Year
Cycling Book of the Year
Illustrated Book of the Year
Outstanding General Sports Writing Award
New Writer of the Year

Industry Awards:

Best Publicity Campaign
Best Sports Bookseller