British Sports Book Awards 2013

Sports_Book_Award_2013_AW1_logo_largeSports lovers – are you interested in new books about your sport and sporting heroes? You can find lots to go at in the British Sports Book awards shortlists

Best New Writer

Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World by Graham Hunter

Beautiful Brutality: The Family Ties at the Heart of Boxing by Adam Smith

Run Wild by Boff Whalley

Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn

Shot and a Ghost: A Year in the Brutal World of Professional Squash by James Willstrop

Sit Down and Cheer: A History of Sport on TV by Martin Kelner


  • An Open Book by Darren Clarke
  • Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan
  • Merckx: Half Man Half Bike by William Fotheringham
  • My Time by Bradley Wiggins
  • Running My Life by Seb Coe
  • Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh
  • The Footballer Who Could Fly by Duncan Hamilton
  • This Is Me by Ian Thorpe

Cricket Book of the Year

  • CMJ: A Cricketing Life by Christopher Martin-Jenkins
  • Gentlemen & Players by Charles Williams
  • On Warne by Gideon Haigh
  • The Plan: How Fletcher and Flower Transformed English Cricket by Steve James
  • The Valiant Cricketer – The Biography of Trevor Bailey by Alan Hill
  • We’ll Get ‘Em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century that Changed Everything by Max Davidson

Football Book of the Year

  • Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World by Graham Hunter
  • Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan
  • Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?: The Story of English Football’s Forgotten Tribe by Anthony Clavane
  • Pep Guardiola by Guillem Balague
  • Richer Than God: Manchester City, Moderrn Football and Growing Up by David Conn
  • The Outsider by Jonathan Wilson

Rugby Book of the Year

  • Behind the Lions: Playing Rugby for the British & Irish Lions by Stephen Jones, Tom English, Nick Cain and David Barnes
  • Brent Pope: If You Really Knew Me by Brent Pope & Kevin MacDermot
  • My Life As a Hooker by Steven Gauge
  • The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players by Stephen Cooper
  • The Outsider by Geordan Murphy
  • Who Beat the All Blacks? by Alun Gibbard

Motorsports Book of the Year

  • My Chequered Career: Thirty-five Years of Televising Motorsport by Steve Rider
  • Team Lotus: My View from the Pit Wall by Peter Warr
  • That Near Death Thing by Rick Broadbent
  • Formula 1: All the Races: The World Championship Story Race by Race: 1950-2012 by Roger Smith
  • Lotus 72 Owners’ Manual by Ian Wagstaff
  • I Just Made the Tea by Di Spires and Bernard Ferguson

Horse Racing Book of the Year

  • A Weight Off My Mind by Richard Hughes with Lee Mottershead
  • Clive Brittain: The Smiling Pioneer by Robin Oakley
  • Her Majesty’s Pleasure by Julian Muscat
  • My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding
  • Racing Crazy by David Ashforth
  • When Horse Racing was Horse Racing by Adam Powley

Golf Book of the Year

  • Out of Bounds by Sam Torrance
  • An Open Book by Darren Clarke
  • Miracle at Medinah by Oliver Holt
  • Bobby’s Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend by Steven Reid
  • Seve: Golf’s Flawed Genius by Robert Green
  • The Bible of Golf by Skellett & Weitzman


  • 21 Days to Glory by Team Sky and Dave Brailsford
  • A Swing for Life by Nick Faldo
  • Bike! A Tribute to the World’s Greatest Cycling Designers by Richard Moore & Daniel Benson
  • Coppi: Inside the Legend of the Campionissimo by Herbie Sykes
  • Frankel: The Wonder Horse by edited by Andrew Pennington
  • The Glory Glory Nights by Martin Cloake and Adam Powley

The winners of each category will be announced on 21 May. After this, each of the   individual category winners will be promoted in libraries and bookshops. An online public vote will determine the Overall British Sports Book of the Year. The public vote will held on the official website –

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