S&S leads Cross Sports Book shortlists

S&S leads Cross Sports Book shortlists

Simon & Schuster leads the shortlists for the 2016 Cross Sports Book Awards with seven nominations, while footballer Steven Gerrard and champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy battle it out for Best Autobiography of the Year.

Joining Gerrard’s My Story (Penguin) and McCoy’s Winner (Orion) on the shortlist for best autobiography are three titles from Simon and Schuster: Last in the Tin Bath by Sky Sports cricket broadcaster David Lloyd, Formula One and Beyond by former FIA president Max Mosley and Staying on Track by 1992 Formula One champion Nigel Mansell. Also nominated is Interesting (Ebury), the memoir of six-time snooker world champion Steve Davis.

A further two Simon & Schuster titles are nominated for The Times Biography of the year, with John Cross’ Arsene Winger and Donald McRae’s A Man’s World joining Cristiano Ronaldo by Guillem Balague (Orion), Speed Kings by Andy Bull (Bantam Press), Richard Tomlinson’s Amazing Grace: The Man Who Was WG (Little, Brown) and Luke G Williams’ Richmond Unchained: The Biography of the World’s First Black Sporting Star (Amberley).

Battling it out for Littlehampton Book Services Cricket Book of the Year are Scyld Berry’s Cricket: The Game of Life (Hodder and Stoughton), Stephen Chalke’s Summer’s Crown (Fairfield Books), Steve James’ The Art of Centuries (Bantam Press), Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge’s Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck (Hardie Grant Books), Simon Lister's Fire in Babylon (Yellow Jersey Press), and again, Tomlinson’s Amazing Grace: The Man Who Was WG (Little, Brown).

All category winners will be announced on 1st June at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The awards will be presented by Sky Sports news presenter Mike Wedderburn and Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell. An hour long highlights show will be shown on Sky Sports..   

The full shortlists are below:

Cross Autobiography of the Year
Steve Davis Interesting (Ebury)
Steven Gerrard My Story Penguin)
David Lloyd Last in the Tin Bath (Simon and Schuster)
Nigel Mansell Staying on Track (Simon and Schuster)
AP McCoy Winner (Orion)
Max Mosley Formula One and Beyond’(Simon and Schuster)

The Times Biography of the Year
Guillem Balague Cristiano Ronaldo (Orion)
Andy Bull Speed Kings (Bantam Press)
John Cross Arsene Wenger (Simon and Schuster)
Donald McRae A Man’s World (Simon and Schuster)
Richard Tomlinson Amazing Grace: The Man Who Was W.G. (Little, Brown)
Luke G. Williams Richmond Unchained: The Biography of the World’s First Black Sporting Star (Amberley)

Littlehampton Book Services Cricket Book of the Year
Scyld Berry Cricket: The Game of Life (Hodder and Stoughton)
Stephen Chalke Summer’s Crown (Fairfield Books)
Steve James The Art of Centuries(Bantam Press)
Tim Lane and Elliot Cartledge Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck (Hardie Grant Books)
Simon Lister Fire in Babylon (Yellow Jersey Press)
Richard Tomlinson Amazing Grace: The Man Who Was W. G. (Little, Brown)

Cycling Book of the Year
Peter Cossins Alpe D’Huez – The Story of Pro Cycling’s Greatest Climb (Aurum Press)
William Fotheringham Bernard Hinault & the Fall & Rise of French Cycling’(Yellow Jersey Press)
Ian MacGregor To Hell on a Bike (Bantam Press)
Dave Millar The Racer’(Yellow Jersey Press)
Edward Pickering The Yellow Jersey Club (Bantam Press)
Geraint Thomas The World of Cycling According to G (Quercus)

Barclays Football Book of the Year
Guillem Balague Cristiano Ronaldo (Orion)
Michael Calvin Living on the Volcano (Century)
John Cross ‘Arsene Wenger’ (Simon and Schuster)
Andrew Jennings The Dirty Game’ Century
James Lawton The Forever Boys (Wisden)
Ronald Reng Matchdays (Simon and Schuster)

Blink Publishing General Outstanding Sports Writing Award
Darren Barker with Ian Ridley A Dazzling Darkness: The Darren Barker Story (Floodlit Dreams)
Ed Caesar Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon (Viking)
John Daniell The Fixer (Saltway)
Willie Finnegan Barbarian Days A Surfing Life’(Little Brown Book Group)
Richard Moore The Bolt Supremacy’(Yellow Jersey Press)
William Skidelsky Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession’(Yellow Jersey Press)

Illustrated Book of the Year
Matthew Baird Triathlon! A tribute to the world’s greatest triathletes, courses and gear (Aurum Press)
Paul Connolly Richie Benaud: Those Summers of Cricket 1930-2015 (Hardie Grant Books)
Tour de France 2015 – The Official Review (Vision Sports Publishing)
Bob Martin 1/100th – The Sports Photography of Bob Martin (Vision Sports Publishing)
Roger McStravick St Andrews in the Footsteps of Old Tom Morris (St Andrews Press)
Mark Platt This is Anfield (Carlton Books)
 

Cross International Autobiography of the Year Award
Dan Carter Dan Carter: The Autobiography of an All Blacks Legend’Headline
Didier Drogba Commitment: My Autobiography (Hodder and Stoughton)
Michael Lynagh and Mark Eglinton Blindsided (HarperSport)
Marco Negri with Jeff Holmes Moody Blue: The Story of Mysterious Marco (Pitch Publishing)
Ronda Rousey My Fight, Your Fight (Arrow)
Mark Webber ‘Aussie Grit (Pan Macmillan)

Freshtime New Writer of the Year
Emily Bullock The Longest Fight’ (Myriad Editions)
Ed Caesar Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon (Viking)
Lucy Fry Run, Ride, Sink or Swim (Faber & Faber)
Martin Hardy Touching Distance (DeCoubertin Books)
Lizzy Hawker Runner – A short story about a long run (Aurum Press)
Anne Lauppe-Dunbar Dark Mermaids (Seren Books)
 

Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year
Tony Collins The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby (Bloomsbury)
Stephen Cooper After the Final Whistle (The History Press)
Tom English No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland (Arena Sport)
Stephen Ferris Man and Ball (Transworld Ireland)
Adam Jones Bomb: My Autobiography (Headline)
Phil Larder with Nicholas Bishop The Iron Curtain – My Rugby Journey from League to Union (Pitch Publishing)