Cross Sports Award


With so many awards to choose for them it is difficult to decide which to feature next.  So, in the spirit of diversity we thought we would look at a non fiction category of sport.

For many readers, this is their ‘go to’ genre; both as they are interested in sport and learning more about the individuals and their journeys.

The Cross Sports Book Awards exist to highlight the most outstanding sports books. What is particularly interesting, is that to enjoy this type of book, you don’t even need to be a fan of the sport that it relates to.  Some sportsmen and women have had the most fantastic and impressive lives, if we think of some of the most inspirational people in the public eye, many of these are sports people.

The Sports Book Awards are a great event in our sporting calendar. They show that the games we follow are not just about goals and runs and holes in one; they are about stories, history and personalities.”
David Cameron, former Prime Minister.

The initial aim behind this project was to bring together the world of sports writing, publishing and entertainment by way of series of lunches and dinners.  However, this soon grew legs and developed into the British Sports Book Awards by 2002.

The 2017 autobiography winners are shown below.


As you can see, the range of sports is massively varied.

There are a number of other categories focussing in particular sports of new writers.

Have a look at our catalogue, be inspired.

Books featured above are

Joey Barton – No Nonsense

Damon Hill – Watching the Wheels

Greg Rutherford – Unexpected

Jo Pavey – This Mum Runs

Ian Wright – My Autobiography

Jonathon Trott – Unguarded

Dawn (The Reader Development Team)



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