Previous Winners

Best overall winner

  • 2011 Promised Land – Anthony Clavane (Yellow Jersey)
  • 2012 Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson – Paul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster) 
  • 2013 Bobby’s Open – Steven Reid (Corinthian)
  • 2014 THE NOWHERE MEN: The Unknown Story of Football’s True Talent Spotters – Michael Calvin, (Century)
  • 2015 Proud – Gareth Thomas & Michael Calvin (Ebury)

Best Autobiography/Biography (2012-2014)

  • 2012 Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson – Paul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2013 Seven Deadly Sins – David Walsh (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2014 The Outsider – Jimmy Connors

Best Autobiography (2003–2011 and from 2015)

Best Biography (2003–2011 and from 2015)

  • 2003 Jack & Bobby: Story of Brothers in Conflict – Leo McKinstry (Collins Willow)
  • 2004 Keeper of Dreams – Ronald Reng (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2005 Basil D’Oliveira – Peter Oborne (Little Brown)
  • 2006 Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force – Daniel Coyle (Collins Willow)
  • 2007 The Death of Marco Pantani – Matt Rendell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • 2008 In Search of Robert Millar – Richard Moore (HarperSport)
  • 2009 Regga – Clay Regazzoni – Christopher Hilton (Haynes Publishing)
  • 2010 Harold Larwood – Duncan Hamilton (Quercus)
  • 2011 Trautmann’s Journey – Catrine Clay (Yellow Jersey)
  • 2015 Bobby Moore: The Man in Full – Matt Dickinson (Yellow Jersey)

Cycling Book of the Year

  • 2015 The Race Against the Stasi – Herbie Sykes (Aurum Press)

Best Football Book

  • 2007 Sir Alf – Leo McKinstry (HarperSport)
  • 2008 Provided You Don’t Kiss Me – Duncan Hamilton (Fourth Estate)
  • 2009 Inverting the Pyramid – Jonathan Wilson (Orion)
  • 2010 Cantona – Philippe Auclair (Macmillan)
  • 2011 Promised Land – Anthony Clavane (Yellow Jersey)
  • 2012 A Life Too Short – Ronald Reng
  • 2013 Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World – Graham Hunter (BackPage Press)
  • 2014 THE NOWHERE MEN: The Unknown Story of Football’s True Talent Spotters – Michael Calvin, (Century)
  • 2015 Thirty One Nil – James Montague (Bloomsbury)

Best Cricket Book

  • 2007 Sixty Summers: Cricket Since the War – David Foot and Ivan Ponting (Fairfield Books)
  • 2008 More Than a Game: The Story of Cricket’s Early Years – John Major (HarperPress)
  • 2009 The Way It Was – Stephen Chalke (Fairfield Books)
  • 2010 Golden Boy – Christian Ryan (Orion)
  • 2011 Slipless in Settle – Harry Pearson (Little Brown)
  • 2012 Fred Trueman – Chris Waters
  • 2013 On Warne – Gideon Haigh (Simon & Schuster)
  • 2014 The Great Tamasha – James Astil
  • 2015 Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket In Pakistan – Peter Oborne (Simon & Schuster)

Best Rugby Book

  • 2008 Ripley’s World – Andy Ripley (Mainstream Publishing)
  • 2009 Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby – Alun Carter and Nick Bishop (Mainstream Publishing)
  • 2010 Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary – John Daniell (Ebury Press)
  • 2011 The Grudge – Tom English (Yellow Jersey)
  • 2012 Higgy – Alastair Hignell
  • 2013 The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players – Stephen Cooper (The History Press)
  • 2014 City Centre – Simon Halliday
  • 2015 Beyond The Horizon – Richard Parks (Sphere)

Best Illustrated Book

  • 2003 Peter Alliss’ Golf Heroes – Peter Alliss (Virgin Books)
  • 2004 Football Days: Classic Photos – Peter Robinson (Mitchell Beazley)
  • 2005 The Olympics Athens to Athens: 1896–2004 – M Jacque Rogge (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • 2006 Speed Addicts: Grand Prix Racing – Mark 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 Meadow – Mathew Ashton (GGM Publishing)
  • 2009 In The Frame: Great Racing Photographs – Edward Whitaker (Highdown)
  • 2010 Centre Court: The Jewel in Wimbledon’s Crown – John Barrett and Ian Hewitt (Vision Sports Publishing)
  • 2011 61 The Spurs Double (Vision Sports Publishing)
  • 2012 Wimbledon – Ian Hewitt and Bob Martin
  • 2013 21 Days to Glory – Team Sky and Dave Brailsford (HarperCollins)
  • 2014 Incredible Waves – Chris Power
  • 2015 The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s – Ed: Reuel Golden (Taschen)

Best New Writer

  • 2003 Kings of the Mountains: How Colombia’s Cycling Heroes Changed Their Nation’s History – Matt Rendell (Aurum Press)
  • 2004 John Daly: Letting the Big Dog Eat – Gavin Newsham (Virgin Books)
  • 2005 Feet in the Clouds – Richard Askwith (Aurum Press)
  • 2006 My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes – Gary Imlach (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2007 The Hour: Sporting Immortality the Hard Way – Michael Hutchinson (Yellow Jersey Press)
  • 2008 The Pyjama Game: A Journey into Judo – Mark Law (Aurum Press)
  • 2009 When Friday Comes – James Montague (Mainstream Publishing)
  • 2010 Eclipse – Nicholas Clee (Bantam Press)
  • 2011 Bounce – Matthew Syed (Fourth Estate)
  • 2012 The Ghost Runner – Bill Jones
  • 2013 Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth – Adharanand Finn (Faber and Faber)
  • 2014 Land of Second Chances – Tim Lewis
  • 2015 Night Games: Sex, Power and a Journey Into the Dark Heart of Sport – Anna Krien (Yellow Jersey)

Best Horse Racing Book

  • 2011 The Story of Your Life – James Lambie (Matador)
  • 2012 Beyond the Frame – Edward Whitaker
  • 2013 Her Majesty’s Pleasure – Julian Muscat (Racing Post Books)
  • 2014 Henry Cecil – Brough Scott
  • 2015 Cheltenham et Al: The Best of Alastair Down – Alastair Down (Racing Post)

Outstanding Sports Writing

  • 2014 Everest – Harriet Tuckey
  • 2015 Alone: The Triumph & Tragedy of John Curry – Bill Jones (Bloomsbury)

Best Golf Book

  • 2012 The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers – Andy Farrell
  • 2013 Bobby’s Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend – Steven Reid (Icon Books)

Best Motorsports Book

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

Best Publicity Campaign

  • 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)
  • 2015 Elizabeth Allen (Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Orion) with Jane Beaton from Kew Publicity for The Second Halfby Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle

Sports Book Retailer of the Year

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing