The annual Cross Sports Book Awards took place last night at a star-studded ceremony featuring a host of the UK’s biggest sporting personalities-turned-writers.
Now in its 15th year, the 2017 awards were held at the Lord’s Cricket Ground and were presented by Sky Sports News presenter Mike Wedderburn and Test Match Special’s Alison Mitchell. An hour long highlights show was aired on Sky Sports to celebrate the star-studded event.
Winner of the prestigious Cross Autobiography of the Year award, for his hit book No Nonsense, was Burnley footballer Joey Barton. Joey received the award from Dame Katherine Grainger after battling it out against a host of well-known sportsmen including former Formula One champion Damon Hill; Arsenal football legend Ian Wright and London 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Greg Rutherford.
Paul Marshall, Joint Managing Director of Specsavers, presented The Times football correspondent Oliver Kay with the Football Book of the Year Award, sponsored by Specsavers, for his book Forever Young.
Speaking from the event, Paul Marshall said: ‘It was such a huge honour to present the award to Oliver. He has long been respected and admired in the sporting world and it is fantastic to now see his literary achievements recognised as well. He is a truly deserving winner.’
Other winners on the night included, cricket broadcaster Mark Nicholas who won The Cricket Book of the Year with his memoir A Beautiful Game; former British and Irish Lions captain Paul O’Connell who scooped the Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year Award, and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who won the International Autobiography of the Year with Find a Way.
To view a full list of the winners, click here.
The people’s choice
Following the announcement of the category winners at last night’s start-studded ceremony, it’s now down to the public to determine the overall Cross Sports Book of the Year 2017 in association with The Times.
An online public vote is now open at sportsbookawards.com and everyone who casts their vote will also be entered into a prize draw to win £100 of National Book Tokens. The public vote is open until midnight on 9th June with the winner announced shortly after.