The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2021 Winners

We are delighted to confirm the category winners and overall winner of this year’s Telegraph Sports Book Awards. Emerging as the overall winner from a crowded field of frontrunners is Arsene Wenger’s My Life in Red and White, a footballing memoir that fully reflects the intelligence and eloquence of the former Arsenal coach and combines fascinating detail about his long and successful managerial career with cogent critique of the contemporary game.

Celebrating sport in all its richness and diversity, this year’s victors include an enthralling tribute to a maverick mountaineer, a comedian’s side-splitting adventure in distance running and a compelling account of the fortunes of French football through the eyes of a phenomenally gifted teenager.

Telegraph Sports Book of the Year 2021

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Arsene Wenger tells the extraordinary story of his stellar managerial career in his own words, charting a path from his early days at Nancy to his two decades plus of iconic success with Arsenal.
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Autobiography of the Year Winner 2021

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In a thoroughly inspiring tale of overcoming all odds, Muay Thai kickboxing champion and captain of the British team, Ruqsana Begum shares her incredible journey to stardom.
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Autobiography of the Year Shortlist

Born Fighter
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Fast Forward: The Autobiography
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Out of the Darkness
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Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us
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Mud, Maul, Mascara
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Clays Best Sports Writing of the Year Winner

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With great storytelling verve Ed Caesar delivers a terrifically engaging account of Maurice Wilson's eccentric plan to conquer Everest by crash landing a plane on its lower slopes.
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Clays Best Sports Writing of the Year Shortlist

The Moth and the Mountain
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Frankel
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The Biggest Bluff
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The Farther Corner
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The Breath of Sadness
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The Russian Affair
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The Heartaches Cricket Book of the Year Winner

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A fascinating and ultimately tragic account of the rebel West Indian cricketers paid huge sums to tour apartheid South Africa, The Unforgiven examines the lifetime cost of an impetuous, youthful decision.
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The Heartaches Cricket Book of the Year Shortlist

The Unforgiven
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The Commonwealth of Cricket
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One Long and Beautiful Summer
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That Will Be England Gone
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The Comeback Summer
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Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches
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Bob Willis: A Cricketer and a Gentleman
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The VAARU Cycling Book of the Year Winner

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The remarkable story of Colombia's top cyclists emphasises the tough, poverty-stricken backgrounds they have emerged from and how they have continued to compete at the highest level despite lacking the professional infrastructure that economically more developed nations possess.
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The VAARU Cycling Book of the Year Shortlist

Tour de France Champions
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Signs of Life
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Colombia Es Pasion!
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Dead Man to Iron Man
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Mountains According to G
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CLOC Football Book of the Year Winner, in association with the Football Writers’ Association

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Audacious and revelatory, Spiro's account of French footballing struggles in the years between Les Bleus' two World Cup wins examines players' strikes, sex scandals and on-pitch petulance through the inexorable rise of Kylian Mbappe.
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CLOC Football Book of the Year Shortlist, in association with the Football Writers’ Association

Soccer Diplomacy
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How to Run a Football Club
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The Quality of Madness
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Sacre Bleu
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Champagne Football
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St. Pauli
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Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year Winner, in association with RUWC

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Abounding in colourful characters and heart-in-mouth moments, this riveting account of the unlikely success of the Exeter Chiefs tells one of the most incredible stories in modern rugby union.
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Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year Shortlist, in association with RUWC

The Hurt
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What a Flanker
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No Hiding
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Exe Men
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Loose Head
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Our Blood is Green
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Pinsent Masons International Autobiography of the Year Winner

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The inspiring story of the life and career of one of the true greats of Irish horseracing, Geraghty's inspirational memoir is a testament to determination, resilience and sheer natural talent.
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Pinsent Masons International Autobiography of the Year Shortlist

Basta
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Bendtner: Both Sides
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True Colours
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No Hiding
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Luka Modric
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My Life in Red and White
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Sports Entertainment Book of the Year Winner

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Peppered with cameos from fellow comics like Michael McIntyre, Russell Howard and Roisin Conaty, funnyman Tonkinson's chronicle of his attempt to break the 3-hour barrier at the London Marathon is both hilarious and uplifting reading.
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Sports Entertainment Book of the Year Shortlist

Only Here For A Visit
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Lights Out, Full Throttle
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Never Stop Dreaming
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I've Got Mail
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How to Fix Modern Football
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26.2 Miles to Happiness
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Children's Sports Book of the Year Winner, in association with the National Literacy Trust 

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A cracking new series based around a rugby-mad youngster and his ambitions of making it as a professional player, Chasing the Rugby Dream is a winning tale of friendship and following your heart.
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My Greatest Football Team Ever
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Chasing a Rugby Dream
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Rashford Rules
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Roy of the Rovers: Rocky
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Macbeth United: A Football Tragedy
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Karate Kids
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Own Goal
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iPRO Hydrate Sports Health & Fitness Book of the Year Winner

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The perfect book for when life deals a knockout blow, the sports promoter’s invaluable twelve step guide to making the most from life is drawn from the hard-won lessons of a hugely successful career.
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iPRO Hydrate Sports Health & Fitness Book of the Year Shortlist

The Furious Method
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Relentless: 12 Rounds to Success
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Eating for Results
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Goals
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The Whitlock Workout
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30 Day Kick Start Plan
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Illustrated Sports Book of the Year Winner

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Covering the great players and moments in cricketing history alongside evocative images of bucolic village greens and pavilions, this deluxe volume is a joyous celebration of the spirit and romance of cricket.
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Illustrated Sports Book of the Year Shortlist

We Are Home by Mike Dunn & AFC Wimbledon and 175 Years of Surrey CCC by Surrey CCC are also nominated but unfortunately are currently unavailable from Waterstones.com and thus not listed below.

Skate Like a Girl
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British Football's Greatest Grounds
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This is Cricket
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