S&S scores hat-trick at Sports Book Awards

S&S scores hat-trick at Sports Book Awards

Simon & Schuster scooped three awards at the British Sports Book Awards last night [21st May], with Foyles winning the Sports Book Retailer of the Year Award [pictured].

S&S picked up the Best Autobiography/Biography prize with Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh, pipping books from the likes of Ian Thorpe, Lord Sebastian Coe and Sir Bradley Wiggins. The publisher also triumphed in the Best Cricket Book category, with On Warne by Gideon Haigh, and CMJ: A Cricketing Life by the late journalist and sports writer and commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins won the Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing prize, with his wife, Judy Martin-Jenkins, collecting the award on his behalf.

At the presentation ceremony held at Lord's Cricket Ground, Harvill Secker/Yellow Jersey Press publicity director Bethan Jones was rewarded for her work on Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan, winning the Best Publicity Award in association with the PPC.

Other gongs went to Adharanand Finn who was named Best New Writer for Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn (Faber); Best Football Book went to Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World by Graham Hunter (BackPage Press); Best Golf Book was won by Bobby's Open: Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend by Steven Reid (Icon Books), and Best Horseracing Book went to Her Majesty's Pleasure by Julian Muscat (Racing Post Books).

Meanwhile, The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players by Stephen Cooper won Best Rugby Book (The History Press), with That Near Death Thing by Rick Broadbent (Orion) scooping Best Motorsports Book, and HarperCollins' 21 Days to Glory by Team Sky and Dave Brailsford winning Best Illustrated Book.

All the winning books will now be entered into a public online vote to find The Times Sports Book of the Year, with the vote closing at midnight 7th June. The winner will be announced on 10th June.