Sporting Legends nominated at 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards shortlist event

April 26, 2017

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  • Joey Barton, Jonathan Trott and Paul O’Connell lead the way with dual nominations.
  • The shortlists for the 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards have been announced at Lord’s Cricket Ground with another impressive list of sporting legends competing for 9 awards.  

Former Formula One champion Damon Hill, Arsenal football legend Ian Wright, London 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Greg Rutherford, Marathon and Olympic Games runner Jo Pavey will be competing alongside Burnley footballer Joey Barton and Warwickshire and England Ashes winner Jonathan Trott for the prestigious Cross Autobiography of the Year award.

Barton is also shortlisted in the Specsavers Football Book of the Year and Trott is shortlisted in the  Cricket Book of the Year. Former British and Irish Lions captain Paul O’Connell has been nominated in the Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year award.

O’Connell is also shortlisted in the International Autobiography category, where he will face stiff opposition from Barcelona football superstar Andrés Iniesta, boxing legend Roberto Duran, South African cricketer A B de Villiers, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad and the creator of Nike Phil Knight.

The Cricket Book of the Year award will feature a host of former players including Jonathan Trott, Mark Nicholas, Graeme Fowler and Alan Butcher in a strong category for 2017.

Rio Olympic Games golden couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny’s book will face former Tour de France winner Chris Boardman in the Cycling Book of the Year category.

The awards which are in their 15th year feature a host of brilliant writers and journalists including Michael Calvin, Gideon Haigh, Tim Moore, Duncan Hamilton and Oliver Kay.

The 2017 awards will be presented by Sky Sports News presenter Mike Wedderburn and Test Match Special’s Alison Mitchell. The awards are presented at a star-studded ceremony, which takes place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 24th May. An hour long highlights show will be aired on Sky Sports with multiple repeats shown across the network following the Cross Sports Book Awards night.

After the individual category winners have been announced on 24th May each winner will then be promoted in a media and retail campaign with an online public vote determining the overall Cross Sports Book of the Year. Everyone that enters the public vote at sportsbookawards.com will be entered into a prize draw to win National Book Tokens.

The Cross Sports Book Awards shortlists in full:

Cross Autobiography of the Year
No Nonsense: The Autobiography by Joey Barton (Simon & Schuster)
Unexpected: The Autobiography by Greg Rutherford (Simon & Schuster)
Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography by Damon Hill (Macmillan)
This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey (Yellow Jersey)
A Life in Football: My Autobiography by Ian Wright (Constable)
Unguarded: My Autobiography by Jonathan Trott (Sphere)

The Times Biography of the Year
His Own Man by Timothy Johnston & Donald Macgregor (Pitch Publishing)
The Maverick Mountaineer by Robert Wainwright (Allen & Unwin UK)
Endurance by Rick Broadbent (Wisden)
For the Glory: The Life of Eric Liddell by Duncan Hamilton (Transworld)
Today We Die A Little by Richard Askwith (Yellow Jersey)
Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby (Orion)

Cricket Book of the Year
Richie: The Man Behind the Legend by Ian Heads and Norm Tasker (Pitch Publishing)
A Beautiful Game by Mark Nicholas (Allen & Unwin UK)
Absolutely Foxed by Graeme Fowler (Simon & Schuster)
Stroke of Genius by Gideon Haigh (Simon & Schuster)
The Good Murungu by Alan Butcher (Pitch Publishing)
Unguarded: My Autobiography by Jonathan Trott (Sphere)

Cycling Book of the Year
Laura Trott and Jason Kenny: The Inside Track by Laura Trott & Jason Kenny (Michael O’Mara)
Triumphs and Turbulence: My Autobiography by Chris Boardman (Ebury Press)
The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold by Tim Moore (Yellow Jersey)
The Invisible Mile by David Coventry (Picador)
Shut Up Legs! by Jens Voigt (Ebury Press)
At the Edge: Riding for My Life by Danny MacAskill (Viking)

Specsavers Football Book of the Year
Forever Young by Oliver Kay (Quercus)
Mister by Rory Smith (Simon & Schuster)
No Nonsense: The Autobiography by Joey Barton (Simon & Schuster)
Fifty Years of Hurt by Henry Winter (Bantam Press)
Di Stéfano by Ian Hawkey (Ebury Press)
And the Sun Shines Now by Adrian Tempany (Faber & Faber)

Thomson Reuters Illustrated Book of the Year
The Lane by Adam Powley, Steve Perryman & Martin Cloake (Vision Sports Publishing)
Remarkable Cricket Grounds by Brian Levison (Pavilion)
Running Beyond by Ian Corless (Aurum Press)
Sprinter Sacre: The Impossible Dream by Brough Scott (Racing Post Books)
Chasing the Elements by Liv Williams (Meyer & Meyer Sport)
Formula One: The Pursuit of Speed by Maurice Hamilton, Paul-Henri Cahier & Bernard Cahier (Aurum Press)

International Autobiography of the Year
Find a Way by Diana Nyad (Macmillan)
The Battle by Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)
The Artist: Being Iniesta by Andrés Iniesta (Headline)
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (Simon & Schuster)
I Am Duran by Roberto Duran (Macmillan)
A B de Villiers: The Autobiography by A B de Villiers (Macmillan)

Freshtime New Writer of the Year
The Belt Boy by Kevin Lueshing with Mike Dunn (Austin Macauley Publishers)
How’s Your Dad? by Mick Channon Jnr (Racing Post Books)
Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel (Macmillan)
Fearless by Jonathan Northcroft (Headline)
And the Sun Shines Now by Adrian Tempany (Faber & Faber)
Mister by Rory Smith (Simon & Schuster)

Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year
Behind the Silver Fern by Tony Johnson & Lynn McConnell (Polaris)
Donal Lenihan: My Life in Rugby by Donal Lenihan (Transworld Ireland)
Front Up, Rise Up by Gerry Thornley (Transworld Ireland)
Nunquam Dormio by Brendan Gallagher (Vision Sports Publishing)
The Battle by Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)
Terry Davies: Wales’s First Superstar Fullback by Terry Davies with Geraint Thomas (Y Lolfa Cyf)