Cross Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year longlist revealed

December 8, 2016

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny: The Inside Track by Laura Trott and Jason Kenny (Michael O’Mara Books) is one of twelve nominees for Best Sports Autobiography of the Year to be awarded at the 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards.

Laura Trott competed at the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in the team pursuit and omnium track cycling events, becoming Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, with four gold medals. Jason Kenny specialises in the individual and team sprints, and the keirin. No British athlete has won more Olympic golds, with six from the last three games.

The official autobiography of the Rio Olympics’ golden couple which retraces their steps to gold medal success at the Rio Olympics is set to become one of the biggest selling sports books of the year.

Chris Boardman who became the first British rider since Tommy Simpson in 1967 to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey in the Tour de France is another nominee from the Cycling world.

Leicester City’s Premier League champion; Jamie Vardy leads a strong list of football titles. Vardy’s book is the story of the boy from nowhere who reached the top, in his own honest, unflinching words. Arsenal legend, former England striker and TV pundit Ian Wright joins World Cup Final referee; Howard Webb and the ever controversial Joey Barton in the longlist.

Following the victory of Max Mosley’s Formula One and Beyond at the 2016 event, this year will see Damon Hill who became Formula One World Champion 20 years ago representing motor sport aside Sky Sports Formula 1 pundit Johnny Herbert.

Firestarter, the autobiography from English Cricket’s outstanding all-rounder; Ben Stokes will be featured alongside an emotional memoir from Warwickshire and England batsman; Jonathan Trott.

The list is completed by new books from London 2012 long jump gold medallist; Greg Rutherford and distance runner; Jo Pavey who became the oldest British woman to run in the Olympic Games at the age of 42.

The 2016 Cross Sports Book Awards event featured books from a host of outstanding sporting greats including National Hunt’s greatest rider in Sir Anthony McCoy, Nigel Mansell, Steve Davis, Steven Gerrard and former Lancashire and England cricketer David Lloyd all shortlisted for the prestigious headline award.

David Willis, Chairman of the Cross Sports Book Awards said, ‘Our 2017 longlist is once again packed with sporting greats. Olympic medallists, world champions, in fact an array of legendary sports stars from the UK. Any of these fantastic new books would make perfect Christmas gifts and I don’t envy the task of the judging panel to select the best sports autobiography of the year’.

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny are overjoyed to be surrounded by a whole host of sporting greats nominated for such a prestigious award. Laura Trott said: ‘It’s an honour to be included in the list for the 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards. Both Jason and I feel privileged to be nominated alongside some sporting greats!’

The winner of the Autobiography of the year will be announced at the 15th Cross Sports Book Awards Ceremony, which takes place at Lord’s Cricket Ground on May 24th 2017. The ceremony features 12 other award categories and is filmed for a highlights programme shown on SkySports channels over the following few days.

The final shortlist for the award will be announced alongside those from all the other categories in the Cross Sports Book Awards on April 27th 2017.

Autobiography of the Year longlist 2017 in alphabetical author order:

No Nonsense by Joey Barton (Simon & Schuster)

Triumphs & Turbulence by Chris Boardman (Ebury, PRH)

What Doesn’t Kill You… by Johnny herbert (Transworld)

Watching the Wheels by Damon Hill (Macmillan)

This Mum Runs by Jo Pavey (Yellow Jersey, PRH)

Unexpected by Greg Rutherford (Simon & Schuster)

Firestarter by Ben Stokes (Headline)

Unguarded by Jonathan Trott (Sphere, Little Brown)

The Inside Track by Laura Trott & Jason Kenny (Michael O’Mara)

From Nowhere by Jamie Vardy (Ebury, PRH)

The Man in the Middle by Howard Webb (Simon & Schuster)

A Life in Football by Ian Wright (Constable, Little Brown)

The 2017 event is the 15th annual awards campaign, previous winners of the Autobiography award include:

2016 – Max Mosley
2015 – Gareth Thomas
2014 – Jimmy Connors
2013 – David Walsh (combined with biography award)
2012 – Matt Hampson (combined with biography award)
2011 – Brian Moore
2010 – Andre Agassi
2009 – Paul Canoville
2008 – Bobby Charlton
2007 – Paul McGrath
2006 – Frank Bruno
2005 – Nasser Hussain
2004 – Gareth Southgate & Andy Woodman
2003 – Niall Quinn