Forever Young voted overall Cross Sports Book of the Year

June 14, 2017

After being announced as a winner at the 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards, Forever Young written by The Times writer Oliver Kay has been crowned overall Cross Sports Book of The Year.

The Cross Sports Book of the Year is selected by public vote, in second place was The Lane by Adam Powley and Martin Cloake and in third place was Joey Barton’s autobiography No Nonsense.

Forever Young published by Quercus, tells the forgotten tale of Adrian Doherty the prodigious talent who looked set to spearhead Manchester United’s new generation of young stars, such as Ryan Giggs and David Beckham in the early 90s.

Kay’s book has already been awarded the Specsavers Football Book of the Year at a star-studded ceremony that took place at Lord’s Cricket Ground only last month.

Speaking about winning the award Kay said “I’m absolutely thrilled, delighted, honoured and amazed by this. Above all, I’m delighted for the family and friends of Adrian Doherty. Some of them took some convincing that a book was a good idea – and some even wondered whether anyone would really be interested – but I know how much they have been touched, as I have, by how it has been received since publication. Thank you to all who have read Forever Young and to all who took the time to vote for it.”

David Willis Chairman of the Sports Book Awards said “We would like to offer our congratulations to Oliver Kay on winning the prestigious Specsavers Football Book of the Year award as well as the overall Cross Sports Book of the Year”

The vote was in partnership with National Book Tokens, with £100 of National Book Tokens being awarded to one participant in the vote via a prize draw.

The full list of winners at the 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards:

Cross Autobiography of the Year
No Nonsense: The Autobiography by Joey Barton (Simon & Schuster)

The Times Biography of the Year
The Maverick Mountaineer by Robert Wainwright (Allen & Unwin UK)

The Professional Cricketers’ Association Cricket Book of the Year
A Beautiful Game by Mark Nicholas (Allen & Unwin UK)

Maserati Cycling Book of the Year
Triumphs and Turbulence: My Autobiography by Chris Boardman (Ebury Press)

Specsavers Football Book of the Year
Forever Young by Oliver Kay (Quercus)

Thomson Reuters Illustrated Book of the Year
The Lane by Adam Powley & Martin Cloake (Vision Sports Publishing)

Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year
The Battle by Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)

Freshtime New Writer of the Year
And The Sun Shines Now by Adrian Tempany (Faber & Faber)

Sky Sports International Autobiography of the Year
Find A Way by Diana Nyad (Macmillan)

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing
Hugh McIlvanney