The Cross Sports Book Awards
Since its inception in 2003 as the National Sporting Club Book Awards, the Cross Sports Book Awards forms one of the two principle celebrations of sports writing in Britain.
The Cross Sports Book Awards offer a genuinely comprehensive sweep of the publishing field; with ten separate categories, covering everything from individual pursuits such as cycling and football through to outstanding sports writing in general, the Awards offer a unique opportunity to highlight the very best publishing of the previous calendar year.
Following the unveiling of the key Autobiography of the Year shortlist on March 23rd, today saw the announcement of the complete rundown of shortlist contenders, including the significant new category of International Sports Autobiography of the Year. The latter contains at least two notable bestsellers for us, including My Fight, Your Fight from the all-conquering Ronda Rousey and Red Bull Formula One legend Mark Webber’s Aussie Grit.
The prestigious Best Autobiography of the Year is no less compelling, with the runaway hit My Story by Steven Gerard competing with titles from snooker genius Steve Davis, cricket broadcaster David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy and two books steeped in the world of motor sport - Formula One and Beyond from FIA president Max Moseley and Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell’s memoir Staying on Track. The entire shortlist in full can be found on the Cross Sports Books Awards website.
In a little over a month, the final outcome will be revealed at the upcoming 2016 Awards ceremony, presented at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on 1st June, followed by an online public vote determining the Overall Cross Sports Book of the Year. In the meantime, we certainly wish the contenders the very best of luck and we’ll be diving in ourselves to explore the shortlists’ pleasures.