The Bookseller – News – Rashford, Holding and Balding shortlisted for Sports Book Awards

Titles by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, former cricketer Michael Holding and sports presenter Clare Balding have made the shortlists for the 2022 Sports Book Awards, held in association with the Sunday Times.

Now in their 20th year, the annual awards highlight the most outstanding sports books of the previous calendar year.

Rashford’s children’s book, You Are a Champion, co-written with Carl Anka (Macmillan Children’s Books), has been shortlisted for the Children’s Sports Book of the Year, in association with the National Literacy Trust. The book was WH Smith’s Book of the Year for 2021, and is shortlisted for the Children’s Non-fiction category at the British Book Awards this year.

Holding won the £ 30,000 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in 2021 for Why We Kneel, How We Rise (Simon & Schuster). The author, who is shortlisted in both the Best Sports Writing Book of the Year and Best Cricket Book categories, commented: “A huge thank you to the Sports Books Awards for nominating Why We Kneel, How We Rise for the Best Sports Writing Book of the Year and for Best Cricket Book. We can only hope my book will continue to open eyes and hearts and educate and inspire people about racism in our society. ”

Tennis champion Billie Jean King’s autobiography All In (Viking) is a finalist for the International Autobiography category, while Stronger by journalist Poorna Bell (Bluebird) is listed for the Sports Performance Book of the Year award.

Balding, a BBC sports presenter and former judge of the Sports Book Awards, is nominated for the Children’s Sports Book of the Year with Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep Going (Wren & Rook). She said: “I’m delighted that Fall Off has been nominated among so many great titles for young readers. I think we can learn so much from sport and from those who play sport, particularly about resilience and recovery from mistakes. For me, the really interesting decisions are made off the playing field and that’s what I wanted to share with readers. ”

A public vote is now open to find the winners in the Autobiography of the Year, International Autobiography of the Year, Sports Performance Book of the Year and Sports Entertainment Book of the Year.

A ceremony will take place at the Kia Oval, London, on 26th May, presented by the awards host and ITV’s chief sport presenter Mark Pougatch. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the awards, a Best Sports Book of the 21st Century prize will be presented to a previous winner.

“Twenty years of the Sports Book Awards sees a tremendous panorama of brilliant and colorful writing,” the awards’ chairman David Willis said. “Sports writing now attracts some of the finest talent in the English language and we are proud to be associated with such a successful and exhilarating genre. ”

The shortlists in full:

The Sunday Times Autobiography of the Year
Francis Benali: The AutobiographyFrancis Benali (Bloomsbury Sport)
Belonging: The AutobiographyAlun Wyn Jones (Macmillan)
Hooked: Addiction and the Long Road to RecoveryPaul Merson (Headline)
Love of the GameRicky Hill with Adrian Durham (Pitch Publishing)
ResilienceElise Christie, Mark Eglinton (Reach Sport)
Too Many Reasons to LiveRob Burrow (Macmillan)
Troy Deeney: RedemptionTroy Deeney (Cassell)

Children’s Sports Book of the Year, in association with the National Literacy Trust
You Are a ChampionMarcus Rashford and Carl Anka (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Fall Off, Get Back On, Keep GoingClare Balding, illustrated by Jessica Holm (Wren & Rook)
How to Be a Footballer and Other Sports JobsRachel Yankey, Illustrated by Sol Linero (Nosy Crow)
Jaz Santos vs the WorldPriscilla Mante (Puffin)
Run Like a GirlDanielle Brown (Button Books)
Striking OutIan Wright, Musa Okwonga & illustrated by Benjamin Wachenje (Scholastic)
I Love My BikeSimon Mole, illustrated by Sam Usher (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
Play Like Your Football Heroes: Pro tips for becoming a top playerSeth Burkett and Matt Oldfield, illustrated by Tom Jennings (Walker Books)

The Heartaches’ Cricket Book of the Year
Beyond the BoundariesScyld Berry (Fairfield Books)
It’s Always Summer SomewhereFelix White (Cassell)
Never SurrenderMark Peel (Pitch Publishing)
Late Cuts: Musings on Cricket, Vic Marks (Allen & Unwin)
Who Only Cricket KnowDavid Woodhouse (Fairfield Books)
Why We Kneel, How We RiseMichael Holding (Simon & Schuster UK)

Cycling Book of the Year
Desire, Discrimination, Determination – Black Champions in CyclingDr. Marlon Moncrieffe (Rapha)
God is Dead: The Rise and Fall of Frank Vandenbroucke, Cycling’s Great Wasted TalentAndy McGrath (Bantam Press)
RevolutionsHannah Ross (W&N)
The Art of CyclingJames Hibbard (Quercus)
Vuelta SkelterTim Moore (Jonathan Cape)
War on Wheels: Inside Keirin and Japan’s Cycling SubcultureJustin McCurry (Pursuit Books)

Illustrated Book of the Year
England Rugby – 150 YearsThe RFU, Phil McGowan and Richard Steele (Vision Sports Publishing)
Extreme Like a GirlCarolina Amell (Prestel)
Liverpool Football Programs: The Definitive Collector’s GuideAndy Marsden (LFCProgMan)
Seve – His Life Through the LensDavid Cannon and Rob Green (Vision Sports Publishing)
This Sporting LifeGerry Cranham PhotographerMark Leech and Doug Cheeseman (Offside Press)
Toon In!Michael Payne (Vision Sports Publishing)
Why Everything You Know About Martial Arts Is Wrong *Andrew G Stewart (Self-published)
The People’s WimbledonRichard Jones (Pitch Publishing)

Fitzdares International Autobiography of the Year
All In: The Autobiography of Billie Jean KingBillie Jean King (Viking)
Always BelieveOlivier Giroud with Dominique Rouch (Pitch Publishing)
I Love This GamePatrice Evra (Simon & Schuster UK)
Leap of FaithFrankie Dettori (HarperCollins)
One: My AutobiographyPeter Schmeichel (Hodder & Stoughton)
Rise: The Brand New AutobiographySiya Collision (HarperCollins)

Arbuthnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year, in association with The Rugby Union Writers’ Club
The Buck Props Here!Anthony Buchanan with Geraint Thomas (Y Lolfa)
Fight or FlightKeith Earls with Tommy Conlon (Reach Sport)
Internship CenterJamie Roberts and Ross Harries (Hodder & Stoughton)
Crossing the LineWillie Anderson with Brendan Fanning (Reach Sport)
The Flying PrinceHugh Godwin (Hodder & Stoughton)
This is Your EverestTom English and Peter Burns (Polaris Publishing)

Sports Entertainment Book of the Year
How Not to be a CricketerPhil Tufnell (Simon & Schuster UK)
Eighty at EightySir Geoff Hurst with Norman Giller (Pitch Publishing)
Flats and Durders OffloadDavid Flatman and Mark Durden-Smith (Simon & Schuster UK)
Not for Me, CliveClive Tyldesley (Headline)
Ten to Win … And the Last Man InHenry Blofeld (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Champ & The ChumpJames McNicholas (Headline)

iPRO Hydrate Sports Performance Book of the Year
The Gladiator MindsetAdam Peaty (Quercus)
Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the FaceTony Bellew (Seven Dials)
High Performance, Jake Humphrey and Prof Damian Hughes (Random House Business)
Move !: The New Science of Body Over MindCaroline Williams (Profile Books)
StrongerPoorna Bell (Bluebird)
LeadershipEddie Jones (Macmillan)
All to Play ForMatt Rogan and Kerry Potter (Ebury Press)

Think Masons Sports Writing Award
Football, She Wrotevarious (Floodlit Dreams)
Why We Kneel, How We RiseMichael Holding (Simon & Schuster UK)
Don Revie: The BiographyChristopher Evans (Bloomsbury Sport)
Game On, Sue Anstiss (Unbound)
The Boy, Richard Williams (Simon & Schuster UK)
The Third PoleMark Synnott (Headline)
Whose Game Is It Anyway?Michael Calvin (Pitch Publishing)

Football Book of the Year, in association with the Football Writers’ Association
Barça – The inside story of the world’s greatest football clubSimon Kuper (Short Books)
The ImmortalsArrigo Sacchi (BackPage Press)
Maradona: The Boy. The Rebel. The God. Guillem Balagué (W&N)
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Inside Story of the Legendary 1970 World CupAndrew Downie
(Arena Sport)
FA Cup 150, Phil Annets (FACupFactfile, self-published)
The Miracle 04 – The Football Team That Shocked the worldVasilis Sambrakos (Pitch Publishing)
The Dream FactoryRyan Baldi (Polaris Publishing Limited)

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