Engage wins sports book of the year

Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson has won the British Sports Book Awards Sports Book of the Year.

Paul Kimmage's biography of the rugby player who dislocated his neck and was paralysed in an England training session was chosen by public vote from the winning titles in each category from the British Sports Book Awards. It won the Best Biography category at the ceremony in May.

"At the heart of Engage is a remarkable and inspiring story . . . You have to overcome that thought of; do I really want to read that—yes you do! It’s outstandingly written and a life affirming book," said Mick Dennis, chair of the BSBA Sports Biography of the Year Judging Panel.

Author Paul Kimmage said: "The writing of Engage is easily the most difficult thing I've ever done. It is also the most satisfying. It's a great honour to win from such a strong shortlist of books but the real buzz is being able to share this award with Matt, a great friend and the most courageous and inspiring person I've ever met."