2012 winner:

The first full biography of one of England’s greatest cricketers, this balanced yet unflinching portrait of Fred Trueman draws on dozens of new interviews with his fellow players, broadcasters, family and friends. ‘The greatest living Yorkshireman’ couldn’t help excelling at everything he did, yet behind his exuberant mask lay a far less self-assured man.






 2012 shortlist:


Ian Botham tells the story of a great piece of British sporting history, one of the greatest: of a man for whom the glamour and the grit came together. And it was the grit of the times in which Botham had grown up, and where he had come from.








More than a century after he first played Test cricket, the legacy of revolutionary batsman Jack Hobbs – who remains England’s greatest run-maker in Ashes Tests to date – lives on. Acclaimed author, Leo McKinstry’s biography is the first to comprehensively detail the dramatic and often controversial life of this most significant and enigmatic stalwart of English cricket’s history, incorporating a wealth of new material, historical context and colourful detail.






Graeme Swann’s transformation from international outsider to England’s match-winner and the best spin bowler in the world has been remarkably rapid.
Yet, as Swann reveals in The Breaks Are Off, it almost didn’t happen. Not picked again after the 1999–2000 tour of South Africa, it looked as if his would be an international career wasted. A move from Northamptonshire to Nottinghamshire saw his domestic career revitalised, and Swann eventually made his Test debut for England in 2008, taking two wickets in his first over – now something of a party piece.
Swann has since taken in excess of 150 Test wickets, won the Ashes twice, captained the Twenty20 team, and helped England become the world number one Test team. In The Breaks Are Off, Swann combines his unique sense of humour with overwhelming honesty to recap his remarkable journey.




Tony Greig is an in-depth look at the life and career of one of English’s cricket’s most colourful figures. Featuring many new interviews, including with the book’s subject, it examines whether the controversy Greig attracted as England captain has led to a remarkable playing career being under-appreciated.