2012 Winner:

The shocking and moving story of Matt Hampson, the rugby player who dislocated his neck and was paralysed in an England training session, and how he readjusted to everyday life after the accident.







2012 Shortlist:

On 10 November 2009 the German national goalkeeper, Robert Enke, stepped in front of a passing train. He was thirty-two years old, and appeared to have it all.

Ronald Reng here pieces together the puzzle of his lost friend’s life, shedding light on the demands and fears faced by those who play top-level sport.







 Edward Whitaker, the award-winning racing and sports photographer, has no equal when it comes to capturing the magic and essence of horse racing. Beautifully produced and printed this landscape full-colour, sumptuous book appeals to anyone who follows and appreciates the passionate world of horseracing.





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.







Alastair Hignell had three highly successful careers in sport: as an England rugby player, a county cricketer and a sports broadcaster. A much-loved figure in the sporting world, he retired after being diagnosed with MS. This book is his warm and inspirational story – from his early days through to his current struggle with a debilitating illness.








Since the first Open Championship in 1860, golf has produced numerous iconic players. Here Andy Farrell selects his candidates for the top 100 – from the early pioneers, through 20th-century greats, to today’s stars. Grouped by era, and with photographs of each player, The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers is a unique collection of the game’s finest exponents.








As a teenage boxer in the 1950s, John Tarrant had been paid £17 expenses. When he wanted to run, he was banned, his amateur status compromised.  Forever.  But he would fight back, becoming a record-breaker, one of the greatest long-distance runners the world has ever seen. This is his incredible story.








E-types raced everywhere including Le Mans. They kick-started the careers of Grand Prix drivers, including Jackie Stewart. They beat the Ferrari 250 GTOs, designed specifically for racing, and AC Cobras. Ultimate E-type tells the story, quotes more than 200 significant players, and traces the lives of the most important E-types.







A breathtaking photographic celebration of the world’s oldest and most famous tennis championships. Featuring more than 300 stunning photographs, the book captures the glorious diversity of people, action and moods that make up the unique character and atmosphere of Wimbledon during the magical summer fortnight when a small corner of London SW19 becomes the centre of the sporting world.