SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED FOR CROSS BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS

April 30, 2015

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Football’s fiery Roy Keane, and flamboyant golfer, Ian Poulter, are just two of the stars in contention for a top prize in this year’s British Sports Book Awards, sponsored for the first time by CROSS. Both sportsmen are shortlisted for the prestigious CROSS Autobiography of the Year. Others on the shortlist are motorsports’ Guy Martin, rugby’s Gareth Thomas, and two from the world of cycling, Chris Froome and Nicole Cooke.

The winner will be announced at a star-studded ceremony being held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, on Wednesday, 3rd June, and hosted by Jonathan Agnew & filmed for broadcast as a one hour Highlights Programme on SkySports after June 7th.

Roy Keane, with co-author, the award-winning writer, Roddy Doyle, is also shortlisted in two other categories: Football Book of the Year and Outstanding Sports Writing, for his autobiography, The Second Half. Other awards to be presented on the night are Biography of the Year, with contenders including Matt Dickinson’s Bobby Moore: The Man in Full and Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry by Bill Jones; Cricket Book of The Year, featuring Peter Oborne’s Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan, and Dan Waddell’s Field of Shadows about England’s Tour of Nazi Germany in 1937; and Horse Racing Book of the Year, with Nick Townsend’s The Sure Thing, and If Horses Could Talk, Gary Witheford’s account of his life as a ‘horse whisperer’, among the six books shortlisted.

For the first time in the awards’ 13 years history there will be an award for Cycling Book of the Year, recognising the huge rise in sports writing in this area. Among the contenders for this award are Richard Moore’s Étape, Ned Boulting’s 101 Damnations, and The Race Against the Stasi by Herbie Sykes.

The New Writer of the Year award will see Anna Krien’s Night Games, an exposé of the macho culture in Aussie rules football up against Toby Vincent’s Driven, a contemporary thriller set in the world of motor racing. There will also be an award for the best Illustrated Book.

After the individual category winners have been announced on 3 June, each will then be promoted in a media and retail campaign with an online public vote determining the Overall CROSS British Sports Book of the Year. The public vote sponsored by National Book Tokens will held on the official website – www.britishsportsbookawards.co.uk with a prize draw of £100 National Book Tokens

Autobiography of the Year Sponsored by Cross
Guy Martin Guy Martin (Virgin Books)
No Limits Ian Poulter (Quercus)
Proud Gareth Thomas (Ebury)
The Breakaway Nicole Cooke (Simon & Schuster)
The Climb Chris Froome (Penguin)
The Second Half Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Biography of the Year Sponsored by The Times
Alone: The Triumph & Tragedy of John Curry Bill Jones (Bloomsbury)
Bobby Moore: The Man in Full Matt Dickinson (Yellow Jersey)
Chase Your Shadow John Carlin (Atlantic Books)
One Day as a Tiger John Porter (Vertebrate Publishing)
Scream: The Tyson Tapes Jonathan Rendall (Short Books)
Shadows on the Road Michael Barry (Faber & Faber)

Football Book of the Year Sponsored by Talksport
The Life & Times of Herbert Chapman Patrick Barclay (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Bobby Moore: The Man in Full Matt Dickinson (Yellow Jersey)
I Don’t Know What It Is But I Love It Tony Evans (Viking)
The Boy in Brazil: Living, Loving and Learning in the Land of Football Seth Burkett (Floodlit Dreams)
Fergie Rises: How Britain’s Greatest Football Manager Was Made at Aberdeen Michael Grant (Aurum Press)
The Second Half Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Thirty One Nil James Montague (Bloomsbury)
In Search of Duncan Ferguson Alan Patullo (Mainstream)

Rugby Book of the Year Sponsored by Robert Walters
Beyond the Horizon Richard Parks (Sphere)
Behind the Rose: Playing Rugby for England Stephen Jones and Nick Cain (Arena Sport)
The Test Brian O’Driscoll (Penguin Ireland)
Proud Gareth Thomas (Ebury)
The Secret Life of Twickenham Chris Jones (Aurum Press)
Undefeated: The Story of the 1974 Lions Rhodri Davies (Y Lolfa)

Cricket Book of the Year Sponsored by Littlehampton Book Services
10 for 10: Hedley Verity and the Story of Cricket’s Greatest Bowling Feat Chris Waters (Wisden)
Britain’s Lost Cricket Festivals Chris Arnot (Aurum Press)
Field of Shadows: The English Cricket Tour of Nazi Germany Dan Waddell (Bantam)
The Final Over: The Cricketers of Summer 1914 Christopher Sandford (History Press)
Wisden on the Great War Andrew Renshaw (Wisden)
Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket In Pakistan Peter Oborne (Simon & Schuster)

Horse Racing Book of the Year Sponsored by Procorre
Burrough Hill Lad: The Making of a Champion Racehorse Gavan Naden and Max Riddington (Chequered Flag Publishing)
Cheltenham et Al: The Best of Alastair Down Alastair Down (Racing Post)
If Horses Could Talk Gary Witheford (Racing Post)
McCoy: In the Frame Edward Whitaker (Racing Post)
The Sure Thing Nick Townsend (Century)
William Hill: The Man and the Business Graham Sharpe with Mihir Bose (Racing Post)

Cycling Book of the Year Sponsored by Human Race 
Climbs and Punishment Felix Lowe (Bantam Press)
Étape: The Untold Stories of the Tour De France’s Defining Stages Richard Moore (HarperSport)
Gironimo! Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy Tim Moore (Yellow Jersey)
Great British Cycling: The History of British Bike Racing 1868-2014 Ellis Bacon (Bantam Press)
The Race Against the Stasi Herbie Sykes (Aurum Press)
101 Damnations: Dispatches from the 101st Tour De France Ned Boulting (Yellow Jersey)

Outstanding Sports Writing Award Sponsored by Freshtime
Alone: The Triumph & Tragedy of John Curry Bill Jones (Bloomsbury)
Bobby Moore: The Man in Full Matt Dickinson (Yellow Jersey)
The Second Half Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
O, Louis: In Search of Louis van Gaal Hugo Borst (Yellow Jersey)
The Game of Our Lives David Goldblatt (Viking)
The Race Against the Stasi Herbie Sykes (Aurum Press)

New Writer of the Year Sponsored by Sky Sports
Driven Toby Vintcent (Moreton Street Books)
Finding My Feet Claire Lomas (Claire Lomas Books)
Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey Into the Dark Heart of Sport Anna Krien (Yellow Jersey)
Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Ocean Adam Rackley (Viking)
Sol Campbell Simon Astaire (Spellbinding Media)
Stuck in a Moment: The Ballad of Paul Vaessen Stewart Taylor (GCR Books)

Illustrated Book of the Year Sponsored by Arbuthnot Latham
The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s Ed: Reuel Golden (Taschen)
The Arsenal Shirt James Elkin and Simon Shakeshaft (Vision Sports Publishing)
The Art of Sports Photography Marc Aspland (Prestel)
Formula One Circuits from Above Bruce Jones (Carlton Publishing)
Golf’s Royal Clubs Scott Macpherson (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club)
Parkrun: A Celebration Paul Warrington, Rob Kemp, Julian Ward and Paul Duke (Parkrun Press)

Sports Retailer of the Year Sponsored by Orion Publishing Group
Blackwell’s
Foyles
Waterstones
WHSmith

Publicity Campaign of the Year Sponsored by Cubism Law
Amelia Harvell (Ebury Press) for Proud by Gareth Thomas
Elizabeth Allen (Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Orion) with Jane Beaton from Kew Publicity for The Second Half by Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle
Clare Drysdale (Allen & Unwin) for Rod Laver: An Autobiography by Rod Laver
Tamsin Kitson and Stephanie Melrose (Little, Brown) for KP: The Autobiography by Kevin Pietersen
Poppy North (Viking) for The Climb: The Autobiography by Chris Froome