Ali by Jonathan Eig crowned overall Sports Book of the Year 2018

June 19, 2018

After being announced as the winner of The Times Biography of the Year, Ali by Jonathan Eig has been crowned as the overall Sports Book of the Year.

The Sports Book of the Year is selected by a public vote and via The Sports Book Awards social media channels

The Winner of the Thomson Reuters Best Illustrated Book of the Year at the Sports Book Awards,  “The History Makers” by Sarah Juggins and Richard Stainthorpe were this year’s runners up, with the winner of the Rugby Writers Book of the Year Award Billy Vunipola’s “Wrecking Ball” coming in third place.

Ali, published by Simon & Schuster, tells the incredible tale of perhaps the world’s most significant and celebrated sporting icon. Jonathan Eig conducted over 500 interviews in order to write this incredible and comprehensive book, uncovering new discoveries about his already well-documented life.

This is an intensely personal story of a heroic man who reached the pinnacle of his sport, but was eventually beaten by his refusal to stop boxing. As well as providing an insight into Ali’s incredible career, Eig paints a stunning portrait of his life as a whole; from Ali’s faith, to his activism, philanthropy, and his physical decline.

In accepting his award for Biography of the Year, Eig said, “I give Ali all the credit in the world. He was the biographer’s dream. He lived a life of action, passion and consequence. He refused to accept the world as he found it. He fought even harder outside the ring than he did inside.”

“I am thrilled to receive this honour. I want to thank the judges, and everyone associated with the award. I want to thank my editor, my publisher, my family, and everyone that has trusted me to tell this story.”

David Willis Chairman of the Sports Book Awards said “We would like to offer our congratulations to Jonathan Eig on winning the prestigious Times Biography of the Year award as well as the overall Sports Book of the Year Award, 2018.”


The Sports Book Awards winners in full:

Cross International Autobiography of the Year

Form by Kieren Fallon, from Simon & Schuster

Thomson Reuters Illustrated Book of the Year

The History Makers by Sarah Juggins and Richard Stainthorpe from Pitch Publishing

The Times Biography of the Year

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig, from Simon & Schuster

Right To Play General Outstanding Sports Book of the Year

Centaur by Declan Murphy & Ami Rao from Black Swan, from Transworld Publishers

The Heartaches Cricket Book of the Year

Over and Out by Albert Trott from Steve Neal from Pitch Publishing

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing

John Woodcock

 Coutts Football Book of the Year

The Billionaires Club by James Montague, from Bloomsbury

Full Time Cover Cycling Book of the Year

Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire by Andy McGrath from Rapha

The London Sporting Club Rugby Book of the Year

Wrecking Ball by Billy Vunipola with Gershon Portnoi, from Headline

Autobiography of the Year

Unbroken by Martine Wright with Sue Mott, from Simon & Schuster


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