Cross Sports Book Awards : Giveaway

The 1st of June 2016 saw the annual British Sports Book Awards, celebrating the best of British Sports Writing from the previous calendar year.

Myself I am really into motorsports so I have been eager to find out who from the world of motor racing (mainly F1) was shortlisted and who were the winners. I have now made a note of books I’d like to read, ready to purchase when I next pop into town.

To celebrate the Cross Sports Book Awards I have teamed up with them to run a special giveaway where you can win 7 of the books which were nominated into this years awards ceremony. To find out more please read the press release below and enter the giveaway at the bottom.

 during the Sport Books Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on June 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)


Sky Sports Guillem Balague and Ronda Rousey both collected awards at the Cross Sports Book Awards as winners across 10 categories were announced.

Ronaldo and My Fight, Your Fight won Barclays Football Book of the Year and Cross International Autobiography of the Year respectively.

The ceremony, which took place at Lord’s on June 1, capped a successful week for the Real Madrid forward following his nail-biting win in the Champions League on Saturday. Balague’s behind-the-scenes biography charts Ronaldo’s from a young winger at Sporting Lisbon to his career under Alex Ferguson at Manchester United before his £80m record-breaking transfer in 2009.

Balague, who covers Spanish Football for Sky Sports as well as a host of other publications, was proud to win the award, if not a little surprised.

“I’m overjoyed to win the award in a strong field. I’ve been nominated three times before and I’m happy to take home the Barclays Football Book of the Year prize for 2016.”

The former UFC Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey won the Cross International Autobiography of the Year in its debut year. Although Rousey couldn’t attend the ceremony itself, her co-writer and sister Maria Burns Ortiz attended the awards on her behalf.

Maria was proud to win the award and said:

“I, Ronda and the team are so excited and honoured that this book resonated across Britain and we’re proud to win the award.

“We wanted to write a book that would make an impression with a wide audience and we’re so happy it achieved that.”

A.T. Cross CEO Robert Baird, who helped judge the inaugural Cross International Autobiography of the Year alongside, said that choosing Rousey as the eventual winner was an easy task:
“Rousey was the unanimous victor. Her narrative is as turbulent as [Rousey’s] life. It felt like being hit by one of her deadly left hooks.”

The Sky Sports contingent was completed by Balague’s colleague and Cross Sports Book Awards host Mike Wedderburn, who presented awards to all ten categories winners and was joined by Alison Mitchell.

Alongside Rousey and Balague, Max Mosley was crowned the Cross Autobiography of the Year winner for his book Formula One and Beyond, following in the footsteps of 2015 Autobiography of the Year winner Gareth Thomas.

The former FIA president was selected by Judges Brian and Belinda Moore, Lawrence Dallaglio, Beth Tweddle, Manish Bhasin and Alison Kervin as the winner and finished ahead of five other nominees, including world champions Nigel Mansell and Steve Davis, Steven Gerrard, David Lloyd and Sir Anthony McCoy.

Mosley was joined by former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey as she took home the Cross International Autobiography of the Year in its debut year.

Mosley, who revolutionised safety in motorsport, was thrilled to collect the prestigious prize.
Mosley was joined by Commonwealth Gold Medallist David Millar, who won the Cycling Book of the Year prize in its second year.

Dave Millar’s autobiography gives a rarely seen view of a pro-cyclist on the road and was commended by judges Martin Johnson, Tao Geohegan Hart, Christian Vande Velde, Simon Brotherton, Jill Douglas, Nick Rusling and panel chairman Andrew Croker, for its “frank and honest account of the ins and outs of day-to-day life of a pro-cyclist.”

Millar, who rode in twelve Tour de France races and won a Commonwealth gold medal, beat former teammate and Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas to the prize.

A special award for Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing was presented to irreproducible football journalist and lifelong Arsenal fan Brian Glanville by Bob Wilson, who played 308 first-team matches for the North London club. The goalkeeper’s charity Willow was the 2016 charity partner.

Attendees at the awards who joined the Cycling Book of the Year and Football Book of the Year winners included Nigel Mansell, Kumar Sangakkara, Bob Wilson and Michael Lynagh among other nominees, authors and journalists.

Elsewhere, Tim Lane and Eliot Cartledge won Littlehampton Book Services Cricket Book of the Year for Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck whilst BBC reporter Tom English won Rugby Book of the Year for No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland which followed superstars of Irish rugby.

The hotly contested Times Biography of the Year prize went to Andy Bull’s Speed Kings, the story of four fearless men and their search for Winter Olympic Gold in 1932.

The Freshtime New Writer of the Year award was collected by Ed Caesar for Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon as William Finnegan went the distance to win the Blink Publishing Outstanding Sports Writing Award for Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. Illustrated Book of the Year went to Bob Martin for his impressive sporting snapshots in 1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin.

Each of the 10 winning titles is now put to an online public vote to determine the Overall Cross Sports Book of the Year in association with The Times. The vote, sponsored by National Book Tokens, will be held on the official website – with a prize draw of £100 National Book Tokens. The vote remains open until midnight on June 16 with the winner announced shortly after.

The complete list of winners are:

Cross Autobiography of the Year
Max Mosley Formula One and Beyond (Simon and Schuster)

The Times Biography of the Year
Andy Bull Speed Kings (Bantam Press)

Littlehampton Book Services Cricket Book of the Year
Tim Lane and Eliot Cartledge Chasing Shadows: The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck (Hardie Grant)

Cycling Book of the Year
David Millar The Racer (Yellow Jersey Press)

Barclays Football Book of the Year
Guillem Balague Cristiano Ronaldo (Orion)

Illustrated Book of the Year
Bob Martin 1/1000th: The Sports Photography of Bob Martin (Vision Sports Publishing)

Cross International Autobiography of the Year
Ronda Rousey My Fight, Your Fight (Arrow)

Freshtime New Writer of the Year
Ed Caesar Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon (Viking)

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing
Brian Glanville

Outstanding Sports Writing of the Year
William Finnegan Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Little, Brown)

Rugby Book of the Year
Tom English No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland (Arena Sport)

For more information about the 2016 Cross Sports Book Awards visit

So, now for the fun part, how would you like to win not 1 but 7 of the shortlisted book titles from this years Cross Sports Book Awards? Each book up for grabs is listed below and feel free to enter using the competition widget below.

Cross Sports Book Awards


Cross Sports Book Awards Giveaway


  1. claire little

    19th June 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Andy murray

  2. Dale Dow

    19th June 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Jack Wilshere

  3. Ruth Wollerton

    19th June 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Freddie Flintoff is a true gentleman and a renowned sportsman

  4. Kate Phillips

    19th June 2016 at 9:54 pm

    That bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios – such talent.

  5. Pam Francis Gregory

    19th June 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Jamie Vardy

  6. Christopher Read

    19th June 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Mo Farah

  7. Cerys John

    19th June 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Gareth Bale 🙂

  8. Karen Howden

    19th June 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Jessica Ennis, such a super sheffield woman

  9. MICHELLE Stewart

    19th June 2016 at 8:09 pm

    David Beckham scores for me too


    19th June 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Andy Murray of course true champion and scottish !!!!!!

  11. Andrea A

    19th June 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Zara Phillips

  12. Richard Tyler

    19th June 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Jessica Ennis Hill

  13. Jenny Prest

    19th June 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Andy Murray

  14. Scott Fallon

    19th June 2016 at 6:13 pm

    jimmy anderson

  15. Steven Beasley

    19th June 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Lewis Hamilton

  16. Andy Craig

    19th June 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Robbie Fowler, an absolute hero of mine growing up!

  17. Stephen Little

    19th June 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Anthony Joshua

  18. Keith Hunt

    19th June 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Princess Anne

  19. helenRMad

    19th June 2016 at 2:57 pm

    tough question but probably Maro Itoje the England Rugby player

  20. AnnMarie Crawford

    19th June 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I love Lewis Hamilton I think he’s a brilliant a good sport and always seems happy

  21. Jamie Millard

    19th June 2016 at 2:13 pm

    chris hoy – truly inspirational

  22. Miss Tracy Hanson

    19th June 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I absolutely love Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid. Been a massive fan of his for years now (since he had very long hair lol) and he’s definitely my favourite footballer too. Do really like his Spanish squad-mate Gerard Pique as well.

  23. Mickie Bull

    19th June 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Jenson Button!

  24. Andrew Hindley

    19th June 2016 at 12:12 pm

    My favourite was George Best

  25. Caroline Buckley

    19th June 2016 at 10:23 am

    Chris Froome

  26. Iris W

    19th June 2016 at 10:18 am

    Johnny Wilkinson

  27. kelly morgan

    19th June 2016 at 10:13 am

    david beckham

  28. Samantha Wheeler

    19th June 2016 at 7:28 am

    Mo Farah – a great example of faith and sportsmanship.

  29. Kerry Smith

    18th June 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Kelly Holmes she is a great ambassador

  30. Tammy Bastian

    18th June 2016 at 10:46 pm

    My favourite sports person is Linford Christie

  31. Andrew Emery

    18th June 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Roger Federer – a true gentleman

  32. steph lovatt

    18th June 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Jenson Button

  33. Victoria B

    18th June 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Damon Hill

  34. Jo McPherson

    18th June 2016 at 1:54 pm

    David Beckham

  35. Elspeth MacMillan

    18th June 2016 at 9:26 am

    Lewis Hamilton

  36. Lauren Main

    18th June 2016 at 3:37 am

    Very interesting, these books are good choices

  37. Natalie Gillham

    18th June 2016 at 1:39 am

    Lewis Hamilton

  38. donna l jones

    17th June 2016 at 4:28 pm

    andy murray

  39. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    16th June 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Heather Watson, UK tennis player.

  40. Vicky Loveday

    16th June 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Mark Cavendish ( the Manx missile) he’s so dedicated to cycling I love to see him sprint.

  41. Lisa Wilkinson

    16th June 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Paula Radcliffe

  42. Michelle Sykes

    16th June 2016 at 11:51 am

    Greg Rutherford

  43. Gary Chapman

    15th June 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Ronnie O’Sullivan. Mercurial, gifted, a genius and perhaps the greatest snooker player the game has ever seen!.


    14th June 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Rodger Federer

  45. carole nott

    14th June 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Harry Kane

  46. Simon Harrington

    13th June 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Jamie Vardy

  47. michelle speight

    13th June 2016 at 9:17 pm

    adam hammill for helping barnsley fc get promotion

  48. Sheri Darby

    13th June 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Gareth Bale

  49. Greig spencer

    13th June 2016 at 10:42 am

    Lewis Hamilton

  50. sarah fielding

    13th June 2016 at 1:15 am

    Lewis Hamilton

  51. Kim Styles

    12th June 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Lewis Hamilton -a fantastic driver

  52. Lorraine Polley

    12th June 2016 at 12:53 pm

    love david beckham

  53. Jayne L

    12th June 2016 at 9:42 am

    Mark Webber

  54. Rachel Butterworth

    11th June 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Nicola Adams is a history maker.

  55. leanne weir

    10th June 2016 at 9:55 pm

    phil taylor

  56. aaron broad

    10th June 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Brock Lesnar

  57. Stevie

    9th June 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Mine would have to Johnny Wilkinson.

  58. mark bradbury

    9th June 2016 at 10:12 am

    David Beckham

  59. Solange

    8th June 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Serena Williams. She continues to make history.

  60. dionne m

    8th June 2016 at 9:24 pm

    i love jessica ennis hill

  61. helen tovell

    8th June 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Anthony Joshua as he comes form near me

  62. daniel baugh

    7th June 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Tom Daley. He is also from Plymouth so i have seen how he dealt with the of his dad and continues to be a great role model

  63. Julie Henderson

    7th June 2016 at 12:23 pm

    jenson button

  64. Mark Palmer

    7th June 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Marcus Stroman

  65. Jodie Holyoake

    7th June 2016 at 10:52 am

    Lewis Hamilton

  66. Jo Carroll

    7th June 2016 at 10:07 am

    Bradley Wiggins…a fantastic sportsman and very down to earth, humble guy.

  67. Kristy Brown

    7th June 2016 at 9:14 am

    I really like Jess Ennis

  68. Fiona King

    7th June 2016 at 9:10 am

    Jenson Button

  69. Kat Lucas

    7th June 2016 at 9:10 am

    Mo Farrah

  70. Jennifer Bruce

    7th June 2016 at 9:08 am

    Tom Daley

  71. Andrea Miles

    7th June 2016 at 8:31 am

    always has been Barry John

  72. Lucy I

    7th June 2016 at 8:16 am

    Jensen Button

  73. Kelly Glen

    7th June 2016 at 7:37 am

    Andy Murray

  74. claire blaney

    7th June 2016 at 7:02 am

    I think Jessica Ennis Hill is perfect

  75. Natasha Ball

    7th June 2016 at 6:16 am

    The late Muhammed Ali

  76. Jim Milligan

    7th June 2016 at 6:01 am

    David Gower for entertaining flambouyancy

  77. Sheila Sloan

    7th June 2016 at 5:37 am

    Jessica Ennis Hill

  78. Simon tutthill

    7th June 2016 at 5:32 am

    I think it has to be British tennis star Andy Murray

  79. Hayley Elvin

    6th June 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Mo Farrah

  80. Beky Austerberry

    6th June 2016 at 10:16 am

    Muhammed Ali – such an inspirational person and sportsperson.


    6th June 2016 at 9:08 am

    Muhammed Ali was my idol when I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s , and will always be The Greatest. Really sad to hear of his passing yesterday.

  82. Natalie Crossan

    5th June 2016 at 11:36 pm

    The late Muhammed Ali x

  83. Kay Panayi

    5th June 2016 at 11:04 pm

    David beckham he’s a great role model

  84. laura stewart

    5th June 2016 at 8:12 pm

    David Beckham x

  85. Sophie

    5th June 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Jessica Ennis Hill

  86. Monica Gilbert

    5th June 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Currently it’s Mo Farrah.

  87. Susan B

    5th June 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Dan Carter, the All Blacks’ fullback, is my favourite sports person. He’s got it all.

  88. melanie stirling

    5th June 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Freddie Flintoff,he’s very funny and doesn’t take himself too seriously.

  89. Tony Metcalf

    5th June 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Jonny Bairstow.

  90. ElizM

    5th June 2016 at 1:25 pm

    David Beckham – not so much for his football as for the charity work he does now – great use of his fame to help others less fortunate

  91. iain maciver

    5th June 2016 at 12:14 pm

    lewis hamilton

  92. J Watts

    5th June 2016 at 11:19 am

    Joe Root – a true ambassador for cricket

  93. Jayne Kelsall

    5th June 2016 at 11:15 am

    Andy Murray , I think hes brilliant.x

  94. Ms Aideen McElhone Patel

    5th June 2016 at 10:34 am

    AP MCCOY 🙂

  95. Tracy K Nixon

    5th June 2016 at 6:37 am

    Lewis Hamilton

  96. Spencer Broadley

    5th June 2016 at 5:50 am

    Would be Jenson Button, always unflustered and eloquent

  97. Susie Wilkinson

    5th June 2016 at 12:13 am

    I like Greg Rutherford, so good at what he does, but a great personality too

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