Thomas and Waterstones winners at Cross Sports Book Awards

Thomas and Waterstones winners at Cross Sports Book Awards

Books illuminating the lives of gay sportsmen have been honoured at the Cross British Sports Book Awards, with Gareth Thomas' Proud and a biography of John Curry both picking up prizes.

Proud, the memoir of Welsh rugby international Gareth Thomas [pictured], published by Ebury, was named autobiography of the year, while Bill Jones' biography of Olympic ice skater John Curry, Alone (Bloomsbury), won the award for outstanding sports writing.

Also at the awards, held at Lord's Cricket Ground last night (3rd June), Waterstones was named sports book retailer of the year, a prize sponsored by Orion.

Sir Michael Parkinson was awarded the outstanding contribution to sports writing, accepting the award from his longtime publisher at Hodder & Stoughton, Roddy Bloomfield, alongside tributes from Geoffrey Boycott and Dickie Bird.

Other winners included Matt Dickinson, who won biography of the year for Bobby Moore: The Man in Full (Yellow Jersey); Peter Oborne, who won cricket book of the year for Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan (Simon & Schuster); and James Montague who won the football book of the year for Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football's Outsiders (Bloomsbury). 

Rugby book of the year went to Richard Parks for Beyond the Horizon (Sphere), and horse racing book of the year to Cheltenham et al: The Best of Alastair Down (Racing Post). Herbie Sykes won the first cycling book award for The Race Against the Stasi (Aurum Press), and new writer of the year went to Anna Krien for Night Games (Yellow Jersey), which previously won the William Hill Sports Book Award.

PPC publicity campaign of the year award went to Elizabeth Allen (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) with Jane Beaton from Kew Publicity, for their work on The Second Half by Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle.

Each of the 10 winning titles will now be put into a public vote to determine the overall book of the year, with voting closing on 16th June and the winner announced shortly after.