Winners of the 2012 British Sports Book Awards announced

May 22, 2012

The winners of the 10th Anniversary British Sports Book Awards were announced last night at a glittering awards ceremony at The Savoy Hotel in London.

Paul Kimmage won the best biography of the year award for ‘Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson’ in a strong field that included Ronald Reng’s ‘A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke’ and David Millar’s ‘Racing Through The Dark’. In an emotional acceptance speech Matt Hampson said that he was ‘gobsmacked’ and speechless to win and added that it was fantastic to be at the awards and to be recognised for the book. Paul Kimmage played tribute to Matt Hampson’s incredible spirit saying that he was an amazing person who had been faced with the choice ‘to get busy living or get busy dying – Matt chose to get busy living.’

Nick Hornby was at The Savoy to receive his award for his Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Fever Pitch’ he remembered that he had first gone to Arsenal on his own 40 years ago and that it had cost him 15p. He lamented that sport now costs too much for kids to go to and urged that if we want to continue to breed fans and writers then sport needs to be made cheaper.

Other winners included Ronald Reng winner of Best Football Book of the year for his biography of Robert Enke. Alastair Hignell winner of Best Rugby Book for his inspiring autobiography ‘Higgy: Matches, Microphones and MS’ and Chris Waters who won Best Cricket Book of the year for his biography of Fred Trueman.

All winning books will now be entered into a public online vote to find the best overall sports book of the year. The vote opens at 10am on Tuesday 22nd May and runs until 10th June, the winner will be announced on 11th June. To vote go to: Full list of winners below.

Guests on the night included: Graeme Swann, Clare Tomlinson, Paul Nicholls, Stan Collymore, Manish Bhasin, Sam Warburton, Ian Roberston, Brough Scott, David Millar, Darren Gough, Alison Mitchell.

Watch out for the British Sports Book Awards on TV this weekend – highlights from the night will be shown on Sky Sports on 25th and 26th May presented by Natalie Pinkham and Rishi Persad:

25/05/12 18:30 Sky Sports 4 Digital Sky Sports 4 HD
25/05/12 21:00 Sky Sports 3 Digital Sky Sports 3 HD
26/05/12 02:00 Sky Sports 3 Digital Sky Sports 3 HD
26/05/12 07:00 Sky Sports 3 Digital Sky Sports 3 HD
26/05/12 10:00 Sky Sports 2 Digital Sky Sports 2 HD

BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHY/ BIOGRAPHY – Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson – Paul Kimmage
BEST CRICKET BOOK – Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography – Chris Waters

BEST FOOTBALL BOOK – A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke – Ronald Reng

BEST GOLF BOOK – The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers – Andy Farrell

BEST HORSE RACING BOOK – Beyond the Frame: Great Racing Photographs – Edward Whitaker

BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK – Wimbledon: Visions of the Championships – Bob Martin & Ian Hewitt

BEST MOTORSPORT BOOK – Ultimate E-type: The Competition Cars – Philip Porter

BEST NEW WRITER – The Ghost Runner: The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn’t Stop – Bill Jones

BEST RUGBY BOOK – Higgy: Matches, Microphones and MS – Alastair Hignell

BEST PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN FOR A SPORTS BOOK – Clare Drysdale for Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss by Dean Karnazes

BEST RETAILER – Waterstones
For further details, press enquiries and to request interviews with winning authors please contact Rachel Nicholson,, 07912 899 588.