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 2017 awards.

Cross Autobiography of the Year

No Nonsense : The Autobiography - Joey Barton

THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR The Sunday Times bestseller is 'brilliant, gripping, beautifully written, real,' says Jonathan Northcroft.

So, you think you know Joey Barton. Think again. No Nonsense is a game-changing autobiography which will redefine the most fascinating figure in British football.

It is the raw yet redemptive story of a man shaped by rejection and the...



Maserati Cycling Book of the Year

Triumphs and Turbulence : My Autobiography - Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman is the 2017 winner of the Cross Sports Cycling Book of the Year for his autobiography Triumphs and Turbulence. `The true inspiration was that Olympic gold won by Chris Boardman in Barcelona...

I was so in awe of Chris Boardman' Sir Bradley WigginsYou may know him as the much-loved co-presenter of ITV's Tour de France coverage or enjoyed his BBC Olympic coverage, but beyond the easy...



The Times Biography of the Year

The Maverick Mountaineer : The Remarkable Life of George Ingle Finch: Climber, Scientist, Inventor - Robert Wainwright

WINNER OF THE TIMES BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR PRIZE AT THE CROSS BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2017In the spring of 1901 a teenager stood on top of a hill, gazed out in wonderment at the Australian landscape and decided he wanted to be a mountaineer.

Two decades later, the same man stood in a blizzard beneath the summit of Mount Everest, within sight of his goal to be the first to stand on the roof of...



The Professional Cricketers' Association Cricket Book of the Year

A Beautiful Game : My Love Affair with Cricket - Mark Nicholas

WINNER OF THE CRICKET BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD AT THE CROSS BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2017WINNER OF THE MCC/CRICKET SOCIETY'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2017Mark Nicholas, the face of Channel 5's Cricket on Five and anchor for Channel 9's Test commentary team in Australia, has a unique knowledge and perspective on the world of cricket.

As both a former player and now a professional observer and...



Specsavers Football Book of the Year

Forever Young : The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football's Lost Genius - Oliver Kay

WINNER OF THE FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDSSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR'This football book is about something even more important than the "beautiful game"; it is a story of the human spirit.' - Mick Hume, The Times Adrian Doherty was not a typical footballer.

For one thing, he was blessed with extraordinary talent.

Those who played...



Best International Autobiography Award

Find a Way : One Untamed and Courageous Life - Diana Nyad

In the 1970s, Diana Nyad was widely regarded as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world and set many world records, such as circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida. But one record continually eluded her: becoming the first woman to swim between Cuba and the Florida Keys without a shark cage. Finally, in September 2013, after four failed...



Artbutnot Latham Rugby Book of the Year

The Battle - Paul O'Connell

The revelatory autobiography of a rugby colossus: Paul O'Connell.

WINNER OF THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS RUGBY BOOK OF THE YEARThere has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell.

He is synonymous with passion, heart and determination; but he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game.

As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009, and...



Freshtime New Writer of the Year

And the Sun Shines Now : How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain - Adrian Tempany


FEATURED IN THE OBSERVER'S SPORTS WRITERS' BOOKS OF THE YEAR. And the Sun Shines Now is a book about why Hillsborough happened, and how the flawed response to the disaster created a 'whole new ball game' but destroyed a culture.

The Taylor Report. All-seater stadia. Police lies. Political neglect. Murdoch. The...



Thomson Reuters Illustrated Book of the Year

The Lane : The Official History of the World Famous Home of the Spurs - Tottenham Hotspur

In 1899 Spurs had a problem. The football club formed as 'Hotspur FC' just 17 years previously was now so popular that their 14,000 capacity ground at Northumberland Park was unable to cope with the growing crowds.

So, in the summer of that year a former nursery for growing fruit and veg located on land behind the nearby White Hart pub was purchased, the stands from the old ground dismantled and...