The Cross Sports Books Awards is the major annual promotion for sports writing and publishing. The awards exist to highlight the most outstanding sports books of the previous calendar year, to showcase their merits and to enhance their reputation and profile. 

Below are all of the winners from the 2016 awards.

Cycling Book of the Year

The Racer : The Inside Story of Life on the Road - David Millar

What is it really like to be a racer? What is it like to be swept along at 60kmh in the middle of the pack?

What happens to the body during a high-speed chute? What tactics must teams employ to win the day, the jersey, the grand tour?

What sacrifices must a cyclist make to reach the highest levels?

What is it like on the bus? In the hotels? What camaraderie is built in the confines of a team?




Biography of the Year

Speed Kings - Andy Bull


In the 1930s, as the world hurtled towards terrible global conflict, speed was all the rage.

It was described by Aldous Huxley as 'the one genuinely modern pleasure', and one of the fastest and most thrilling ways to attain it was through the new sport of bobsledding.

Exotic, exciting and above all dangerous, it was by far...



Cricket Book of the Year

Chasing Shadows : The Life and Death of Peter Roebuck - Tim Lane

Part biography, part personal reflection and part investigation, Chasing Shadows: The Life And Death Of Peter Roebuck will celebrate Roebuck's immense achievements as a player, captain, writer, broadcaster and philanthropist, but not shy away from the controversies that plagued his life and hang so darkly and with such uncertainty over his shocking death.

Initial investigations have already...



Football Book of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo : The Biography - Guillem Balague

WINNER OF FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2016 CRISTIANO RONALDO is one of the greatest footballers of all time, yet for all his success on the pitch he has often been a controversial and divisive figure off it. It was clear from early on that Ronaldo had a prodigious talent.

More than that, though, he only ever had one goal in mind.

At the age of twelve, he left his...



General Outstanding Sports Writing Award

Barbarian Days : A Surfing Life - William Finnegan


To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life.

William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii.

Barbarian Days is his immersive memoir of a life spent...



International Sports Autobiography of the Year

My Fight / Your Fight : The Official Ronda Rousey Autobiography - Ronda Rousey

This book is the winner of British Sports Book Awards.

It is also the Sports Book of the Year. 'I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me not to be, and I call it a 'Do-Nothing B-tch'.

It's the kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else.

That's why I think it's hilarious when people say that my body looks masculine or something.

Just because...



Rugby Book of the Year

No Borders : Playing Rugby for Ireland - Tom English

From Jack Kyle's immortals to Brian O'Driscoll's golden generation, this is the story of Irish rugby told in the players' wordsCelebrated rugby writer Tom English embarks on a pilgrimage through the four provinces to reveal the fascinating and illuminating story of playing test rugby in the emerald green of Ireland - all the glory of victory, all the pain of defeat, and all the craic behind the...



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Autobiography of the Year

Formula One and Beyond : The Autobiography - Max Mosley

Cross Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year For almost 50 years, Max Mosley has been involved in motor racing, having seen the sport at all levels: as a driver, a team owner (with March) and, between 1993 and 2009, as president of the FIA, motor sport's governing body.

In partnership wih Bernie Ecclestone, he helped transform Formula One into a multi-billion-pound global brand.

Now, in this...



New Writer of the Year

Two Hours : The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon - Ed Caesar

WINNER OF THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARD FOR NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR 2016 Two Hours by Ed Caesar - the quest to run the impossible marathon, by the acclaimed writer with inside access to Nike's #Breaking2 project 'The marathon tethers runners to their own personal narratives.

It is a question of how you grow. Nothing but your own body will sustain you; everything you have done in your life until the...



Illustrated Book of the Year

1/1000th : The Sports Photography of Bob Martin - Bob Martin

A spectacular retrospective showcasing the breathtaking pictures of world-renowned sports photographer, Bob Martin, in all their glory.

From his famous and iconic shot of a diver, arched in the air above the Barcelona skyline that became the seminal shot of the 1992 Olympics to his multi-award winning overhead photograph of a Paralympic swimmer leaving his prosthetic legs behind as he dives into...