Keane leads British Sports Book awards shortlists

Keane leads British Sports Book awards shortlists

Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle's memoir The Second Half leads the nominations for the Cross British Sports Book Awards shortlists, as it competes for three separate prizes.

The book, published by Orion, is in the running for autobiography of the year, football book of the year and the outstanding sports writing prize.

The awards are now in their 13th year, sponsored for the first time by luxury pen maker Cross.

Keane and Doyle will go up against golfer Ian Poulter in the autobiography category, with Poulter's No Limits (Quercus) joining rugby player Gareth Thomas' Proud (Ebury), motorcyclist Guy Martin's Guy Martin (Virgin Books) and cyclists Nicole Cooke's The Breakaway (Simon & Schuster) and Chris Froome's The Climb (Penguin).

Other awards which will be given out at the ceremony on 3rd June at Lord's Cricket Ground, presented by Jonathan Agnew, will be biography of the year, rugby book of the year, cricket book of the year, horse racing book of the year, and, for the first time, cycling book of the year. Other prizes will recognise new writers, illustrated book of the year, sports retailer of the year and publicity campaign of the year.

Winners will receive a trophy and a specially engraved pen. Judges for this year's awards include Michael Parkinson, Gaby Logan, Brian Moore, Lawrence Dallaglio, Andrew Strauss, Claire Tomlinson and Bob Willis.

The full shortlists for the awards can be seen on the awards website.