Winner of the Sports Book of the Year announced

June 15, 2012


Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage published by Simon & Schuster has been announced as the British Sports Book Awards ‘Sports Book of the Year‘ as a result of a public online vote at

The winning titles in each category from the British Sports Book Awards made up a shortlist to find the best overall sports book of the year – the public have been voting on the official website since 22nd May to select a winner.

Winner of best biography at the recent British Sports Book Awards ceremony Engage is 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.

‘At the heart of Engage is a remarkable and inspiring story….You have to overcome that thought of; do I really want to read that – yes you do! It’s outstandingly written and a life affirming book’- Mick Dennis, Chair of the BSBA Sports Biography of the Year Judging Panel

Commenting on the win author Paul Kimmage says: “The writing of Engage is easily the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. It is also the most satisfying. It’s a great honour to win from such a strong shortlist of books but the real buzz is being able to share this award with Matt, a great friend and the most courageous and inspiring person I’ve ever met.”

Matt is also thrilled with the win and commented: “The response we have received from all walks of life since the release of Engage has been overwhelming. We are delighted to receive this award, especially as it was voted for by the general public. Paul and I hope Engage will continue to inspire and touch many more people.”

Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage published by Simon & Schuster is out now in paperback and available to download as an ebook.

For press enquiries and to arrange interviews with Paul Kimmage and Matt Hampson please contact Rachel Nicholson,, 07912 899 588