The Sunday Times Sports Book Awards 2022 Winners

It is our great pleasure to confirm the winners of the 2022 Sports Book Awards with Why We Kneel How We Rise by Michael Holding scooping both the Pinsent Masons Sports Writing Award and The Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year.

The Jamaican commentator and former cricketer expands on the game-changing distillation of the Black Lives Matter movement that he delivered live on air, in this powerful, eloquent work which combines Holding’s own testimony about racial abuse with thoughtful interviews from across the world of sport.


The Category Winners

Celebrating sport in all its richness and diversity, this year’s victors include a heart-rending account of a rugby legend’s battle with motor neurone disease, a forensic account of the making of the world’s biggest football club and a treasure trove of inspiring stories of great female athletes.

The Sunday Times Autobiography of the Year Winner 2022

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The inspirational memoir of one of Rugby League’s true greats, Too Many Reasons to Live documents Rob Burrow’s battle with motor neurone disease and the incredible courage and resilience he has shown to keep fighting to the very end.
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The Sunday Times Autobiography of the Year Shortlist 2022

Francis Benali: The Autobiography
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Too Many Reasons to Live
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Resilience
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Troy Deeney: Redemption
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Love of the Game
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Belonging: The Autobiography
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Hooked
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The Pinsent Masons Sports Writing of the Year Winner 2022

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The Jamaican commentator and former cricketer expands on the game-changing distillation of the Black Lives Matter movement that he delivered live on air, in this powerful, eloquent work which combines Holding’s own testimony about racial abuse with thoughtful interviews from across the world of sport.
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The Pinsent Masons Sports Writing of the Year Shortlist 2022

Football, She Wrote
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Game On
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Whose Game Is It Anyway?
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Don Revie: The Biography
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Why We Kneel How We Rise
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The Third Pole
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The Boy
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The Heartaches' Cricket Book of the Year Winner 2022

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The full, incident-packed story of the Len Hutton-helmed MCC's controversial series against the West Indies, Who Only Cricket Knew combines rigorous research with page-turning prose.
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The Heartaches' Cricket Book of the Year Shortlist 2022

Beyond the Boundaries
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Why We Kneel How We Rise
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Late Cuts
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Never Surrender
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It's Always Summer Somewhere
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Who Only Cricket Know
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The Football Book of the Year Winner 2022, in association with the Football Writers’ Association

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Written with Kuper's customary insight and elegance, this meticulously researched history of the inexorable rise of one of the world's greatest sporting brands traces a path from the club's humble origins to its position as global footballing powerhouse via Cruyff, Messi and many more key figures.
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The Football Book of the Year Shortlist 2022, in association with the Football Writers’ Association

FA Cup 150 2021
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Maradona
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The Dream Factory
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The Greatest Show on Earth
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Barca
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The Immortals
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The Miracle
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The Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year Winner 2022, in association with The Rugby Union Writers’ Club

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The fascinating story of the 1930s rugby legend Alexander Obolensky – a member of a Russian noble family who fled the 1917 revolution to England – The Flying Prince traces his path from early life to his victorious sporting career and heroic death as a RAF pilot in 1940.
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The Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year Shortlist 2022, in association with The Rugby Union Writers’ Club

Crossing The Line
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The Buck Props Here!
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Keith Earls: Fight or Flight
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This is Your Everest
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Centre Stage
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The Fitzdares International Autobiography of the Year Winner 2022

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The hugely gifted French footballer recounts his path from starting out in Southern France to achieving colossal success at both club and international level in this enlightening and candid autobiography.
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The Fitzdares International Autobiography of the Year Shortlist 2022

Leap of Faith
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I Love This Game
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Always Believe
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All In
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Rise
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One: My Autobiography
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The Sports Entertainment Book of the Year Winner 2022

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Hilarious, poignant and perceptive about the burden of past family achievement, McNicholas' endlessly charming book contrasts the reputation of his superstar boxer grandfather with the author's own underachieving lot.
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The Sports Entertainment Book of the Year Shortlist 2022

Ten to Win . . . And the Last Man In
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Flats and Durders Offload
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Eighty at Eighty
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The Champ & The Chump
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How Not to be a Cricketer
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Not For Me, Clive
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The iPRO Hydrate Sports Performance Book of the Year Winner 2022

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Exploring both mental and physical empowerment, Stronger is an inspiring blend of memoir and manifesto, shaking off long-held, mistaken ideas about women and strength.
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Stronger
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High Performance
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Leadership
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The Gladiator Mindset
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All to Play For
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Move!
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The Children's Sports Book of the Year Winners 2022, in association with the National Literacy Trust

The judges were unable to separate Danielle Brown’s Run Like a Girl and Striking Out by Ian Wright and Musa Okwonga, awarding them the accolade of Children’s Sports Book of the Year jointly.

The Children's Sports Book of the Year Shortlist 2022, in association with the National Literacy Trust

Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going
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Run Like A Girl
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I Love My Bike
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You Are A Champion
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The Cycling Book of the Year Winner 2022

Unfortunately the winner of The Cycling Book of the Year, Desire, Discrimination, Determination: Black Champions in Cycling by Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, is currently unavailable from Waterstones.com.

The Cycling Book of the Year Shortlist 2022

The Art of Cycling
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War on Wheels
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God is Dead
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Vuelta Skelter
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Revolutions
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The Illustrated Sports Book of the Year Winner 2022

Unfortunately the winner of The Illustrated Sports Book of the Year, Toon In! by Michael Payne, is currently unavailable from Waterstones.com.

The Illustrated Sports Book of the Year Shortlist 2022

This Sporting Life: Gerry Cranham Photographer by Mark Leech & Doug Cheeseman is also nominated but unfortunately is currently unavailable from Waterstones.com and therefore not listed below.

Extreme Like a Girl
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Seve
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The People's Wimbledon
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Liverpool Football Programmes
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England Rugby
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My Life in Red and White
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Born Fighter
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The Moth and the Mountain
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Colombia Es Pasion!
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Sacre Bleu
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Exe Men
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True Colours
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26.2 Miles to Happiness
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Chasing a Rugby Dream
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Relentless: 12 Rounds to Success
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This is Cricket
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Behind the Mask
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Unbreakable
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Unbelievable Football
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Cricket 2.0
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The Yellow Jersey
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Ultra
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