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The Telegraph Sports Book Awards

The Sports Book 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. Visit the Awards' website to find out more.

The Telegraph Overall Sports Book of the Year 2020

Also winner of Autobiography of the Year 2020

Behind the Mask : My Autobiography - Winner of the 2020 Sports Book of the Year - Tyson Fury

A Manchester lad from Irish Traveller stock, born three months premature and weighing just a pound at birth, Tyson grew up to become one of the most unlikely heavyweight champions in history. This 'dream come true' soon turned to nightmare, however, as alcohol and cocaine abuse took hold and Tyson was stripped of his titles. What followed was the darkest moment of his life. Like all the greatest stories, though, there is redemption and Tyson defies all the odds and literally drags himself to his feet. Speaking candidly about his struggles with mental health, this is Tyson Fury as you have never seen him before.

£20.00

£15.39

Category Winners

Biography of the Year 2020

Unbreakable : The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World's Most Dangerous Horse Race - Richard Askwith

The story of Lata Brandisova is one of the strangest and most inspiring in all sport. Born into privilege, she spent much of her life in poverty. Modest and shy, she refused to accept the constraints society placed on her because of her gender. Instead, with quiet courage, she repeatedly achieved what others said was impossible. The scandal of her first attempt to ride in Pardubice reverberated across Europe. Ten years later, she became her nation's figurehead in its darkest hour. Then came retribution... Unbreakable is a tale of courage, heartbreak and defiance, in an age of prejudice and fear.

£16.99

£12.65


Children’s Sports Book of the Year 2020

Unbelievable Football : WINNER of the 2020 Children's Sports Book of the Year - Matt Oldfield

Do you think you know everything there is to know about football? Have you heard of the psychic octopus who could predict the winner? The Lancashire Lasses who became football's best-kept secret? The dog detective who saved the World Cup trophy? The superstar footballer who never actually played football? Discover the most incredible, sometimes ridiculous, and always completely unbelievable football stories you never knew. From bestselling author Matt Oldfield, this is Unbelievable Football - true tales from the world's favourite game where there's everything to play for and anything can happen.

£6.99

£6.05


The Heartaches Cricket Book of the Year 2020

Cricket 2.0 : Inside the T20 Revolution - WISDEN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 - Tim Wigmore

Cricket 2.0 tells the story of how an old, traditional game was transformed by Twenty20 and how this format moved from being a gimmick to the face of modern cricket. Told through compelling human-interest stories and featuring interviews with more than fifty players and coaches, Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde examine how a cocktail of globalisation, new aggressive tactics and huge investment are changing the sport faster than ever before, while analysing the myriad ways in which a traditional game has been revolutionised forever, both on and off the pitch. This is the extraordinary and previously misunderstood story of Twenty20 cricket - told by two people who have chronicled the revolution.

£17.99

£13.79


Vaaru Cycling Book of the Year 2020

The Yellow Jersey : WINNER OF THE 2020 TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS CYCLING BOOK OF THE YEAR - Peter Cossins

Beautifully produced and packed full of interviews with riders such as Chris Froome, Thomas Voeckler and the oldest living wearer of the Yellow Jersey at 94, Antonin Rolland, The Yellow Jersey is a fitting celebration of the 'maillot jaune'. In 1919 the leading rider was first instructed to wear the Yellow Jersey, following a campaign from fans and journalists who were struggling to identify the winning rider. 100 years on, the jersey has passed into almost sacred status. Peter Cossins will take the reader on a journey to the origins of the jersey and its early winners. He'll explore the effect of wearing yellow as a motivator and occasionally as a curse.

£25.00

£18.05


CLOC Football Book of the Year 2020

Ultra : The Underworld of Italian Football - Tobias Jones

Italy's ultras are the most organised and violent fans in European football. But the purist ultras say that they are insurgents fighting against a police state and modern football. Through the prism of the ultras, Jones crafts a compelling investigation into Italian society and its favourite sport. He writes about not just the ultras of some of Italy's biggest clubs but also about its lesser-known ones. He examines the sinister side of football fandom, with its violence and political extremism, but also admires the passion, wit, solidarity and style of a fascinating and contradictory subculture.

£20.00

£15.49


General Outstanding Sports Writing Award 2020

Mind Games : TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2020 - WINNER - Annie Vernon

It's well known that to reach the top in elite sport, you need to have spent years honing and perfecting your physical ability. However, this is only part of the template required to win - the other half is about mind games. Now retired from competition, Olympic silver medallist and world champion rower Annie Vernon discovers the secrets of how athletes train their brains in order to become world beaters. Through exploring the bits on the inside that nobody can see, Annie instead creates a new understanding of what it takes to be successful in sport and uncovers that, in fact, an elite athlete is not that different from you and me.

£10.99

£8.79


Illustrated Book of the Year 2020

A Life Behind the Lens : Thirty Years of Award Winning Photography from Sport's Most Iconic Moments - Richard Pelham

A Life Behind the Lens is a collection of the very best work of Richard 'Dickie' Pelham, the multi-award-winning chief sports photographer of The Sun for the past 30 years. He has covered six Olympic Games, six World Cups, any number of Test matches and many championship boxing bouts, capturing the moments of triumph and despair, the great goals, the knockout punches, the key wickets and the gold-medal glory. He has been trackside, ringside, pitchside and poolside as well as in the studio and on the training grounds with the biggest names in world sport. The images are accompanied by Dickie's own recounting of the human stories behind the pictures and the technical secrets of a master of his trade.

£30.00

£22.25


Pinsent Masons International Autobiography of the Year 2020

Godspeed : a memoir - Casey Legler

At fifteen, Casey Legler is already one of the fastest swimmers in the world. She is also an alcoholic, isolated from her family, and incapable of forming lasting connections with those around her. After submitting to years of numbing training in France and the United States, Casey can see no way out of the sinister loneliness that has swelled and festered inside her. Yet wondrously, when it is almost too late, she discovers a small light within herself, and senses a point of calm within the whirlwind of her life. In searing, evocative, visceral prose, Casey gives language to loneliness in this startling story of survival, defiance, and of the embers that still burn when everything else in us goes dark.

£14.99

£10.65


Rugby Book of the Year 2020

My Life and Rugby : The Autobiography - Eddie Jones

Brilliant, honest, combative - Eddie Jones is a gigantic yet enigmatic figure in world rugby and a true legend of the game. In My Life and Rugby he tells his story for the first time, including the full inside story of England's 2019 World Cup campaign. Learning from the extreme highs and lows of his own playing career - including the numerous successes playing for Randwick and New South Wales but also the painful disappointment of never playing for Australia - he shows what it takes to be the best in the world and how everything he has learned about the game, both on and off the pitch, has gone into plotting England's route to the top of world rugby.

£20.00

£16.05

The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020: Shortlisted Books   |  View All

These books were all shortlisted for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020 across 10 categories.

Also shortlisted but currently unavailable to order: The Grand Tour Diaries 2018/19 by The Cycling Podcast, Destination Tottenham by Tottenham Hotspur, SailGP: Sailing Redefined by SailGP, and Brothers in Arms by David Beresford.

£20.00

£16.05

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£15.39

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£16.05

£10.99

£8.79

BFG

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£13.79

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£15.49

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£12.65

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£15.95

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£10.95

£45.00

£29.89

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£8.85