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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 Sports Book of the Year 2019

Sevens Heaven : The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji's Olympic Dream: WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 - Ben Ryan

It is late summer 2013. Ben Ryan, a red-haired, 40-something, spectacle-wearing Englishman, is given 20 minutes to decide whether he wants to coach Fiji's rugby sevens team, with the aim of taking them to the nation's first-ever Olympic medal. He has never been to Fiji.

There has been no discussion of contracts or salary. But he knows that no one plays rugby like the men from these isolated Pacific islands, just as no one plays football like the kids from the Brazilian favelas, or no one runs as fast as the boys and girls from Jamaica's boondocks.

£9.99

£8.89

Sports Bestseller of 2018

How to Be a Footballer - Peter Crouch

You become a footballer because you love football. And then you are a footballer, and you're suddenly in the strangest, most baffling world of all.

A world where one team-mate comes to training in a bright red suit with matching top-hat, cane and glasses, without any actual glass in them, and another has so many sports cars they forget they have left a Porsche at the train station. Even when their surname is incorporated in the registration plate.

£8.99

£7.69

2019 Category Winners

Discover the nine category winners - autobiography, biography, cricket, cycling, football, general, illustrated, rugby, and sports health & fitness - from which the final shortlist for The Telegraph Sports Book of the Year was created.

Autobiography of the Year

The Boy on the Shed:A remarkable sporting memoir with a foreword by Alan Shearer : Sports Book Awards Autobiography of the Year - Paul Ferris

At 16, Paul Ferris becomes Newcastle United’s youngest-ever first-teamer. Like many a tricky winger from Northern Ireland, he is hailed as ‘the new George Best’.

As a player and later a physio and member of the Magpies’ managerial team, Paul’s career acquaints him not only with Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Bobby Robson, Ruud Gullit, Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer but also with injury, insecurity and disappointment...

£9.99

£8.89

Biography of the Year

Tiger Woods : Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2018 - Jeff Benedict

Based on three years of extensive research and reporting, two of today’s most acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and eleven-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian, deliver the first major biography of Tiger Woods - sweeping in scope and packed with groundbreaking, behind-the-scenes details of the Shakespearean rise and epic fall of a global icon.

£10.99

£8.95

The Heartaches Cricket Book of the Year

Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket - Stephen Fay

After the Second World War, as the BBC tightened its grip on the national consciousness, two of the most famous English voices were commentators on games of cricket.

John Arlott and E.W. ('Jim') Swanton transformed the broadcasting of the nation's summer game into a national institution. Arlott and Swanton typified the contrasting aspects of post-war Britain. Because of their strong personalities and distinctive voices - Swanton's crisp and upper-class, Arlott's with its Hampshire burr - each had a loyal following.

£10.99

£9.25

Cycling Book of the Year

Full Gas : How to Win a Bike Race - Tactics from Inside the Peloton - Peter Cossins

Riding as fast as you could for as long as you could was the main tactic in the early days of road racing when Grand Tours could be won by hours.

Now a minute's delay thanks to a puncture could ruin a rider's chances over a three-week race and the sport is described as nothing less than chess on wheels. The intricacies and complexities of cycling are what makes it so appealing: an eye for opportunity and a quick mind are just as crucial to success as a 'big engine' or good form.

£9.99

£8.65

Football Book of the Year

Red Card : FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports - Ken Bensinger

The story of FIFA's fall from grace has it all: power, betrayal, revenge, sports stars, hustlers, corruption, sex and phenomenal quantities of money, all set against exotic locales stretching from Caribbean beaches to the formal staterooms of the Kremlin and the sun-blasted streets of Doha, Qatar.

In Red Card, investigative journalist Ken Bensinger takes a journey to FIFA's dark heart. A wild, gritty, gripping, and at times blackly comic story, it combines world-class journalism with the pace of a thriller.

£16.99

£12.59

Building the Yellow Wall : The Incredible Rise and Cult Appeal of Borussia Dortmund: WINNER OF THE FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 - Uli Hesse

Towards the beginning of the twenty-first century, Borussia Dortmund were on the verge of going out of business. Now they are an international phenomenon - one of the most popular clubs and fastest-growing football brands in the world.

Every fortnight, an incredible number of foreigners eschew their own clubs and domestic leagues and travel to Dortmund to watch football, while people from all corners of the world dream of doing the same - of standing on the largest terrace in the world, the Yellow Wall.

£20.00

£15.85

The Sporting Club General Outstanding Book of the Year

Berlin 1936 : Sixteen Days in August - Oliver Hilmes

For sixteen days in the summer of 1936, the world's attention turned to the German capital as it hosted the Olympic Games. Seen through the eyes of a cast of characters - Nazi leaders and foreign diplomats, athletes and journalists, nightclub owners and jazz musicians - Berlin 1936 plunges us into the high tension of this unfolding scene.

During the sporting events the dictatorship was partially put on hold; here then, is a last glimpse of the vibrant and diverse life in Berlin in the 1920s and 30s that the Nazis aimed to destroy.

£9.99

£8.65

Getty Images Illustrated Book of the Year

The Beautiful Badge : The Stories Behind the Football Club Badge - Martyn Routledge

The Beautiful Badge tells the fascinating story behind the UK's football club badges, from 1860s hand-embroidered symbols on home-knitted jerseys to today's multi-million pound brands.

The book not only covers hammers, cannon and Liver birds but also reveals the link between Peterhead FC and Viz comic; which TV celebrity designed Aldershot Town FC's badge; and whose GBP10 doodle became the opposition's badge.

£25.00

£17.25

The Heineken Rugby Book of the Year

Sevens Heaven : The Beautiful Chaos of Fiji's Olympic Dream: WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 - Ben Ryan

It is late summer 2013. Ben Ryan, a red-haired, 40-something, spectacle-wearing Englishman, is given 20 minutes to decide whether he wants to coach Fiji's rugby sevens team, with the aim of taking them to the nation's first-ever Olympic medal. He has never been to Fiji.

There has been no discussion of contracts or salary. But he knows that no one plays rugby like the men from these isolated Pacific islands, just as no one plays football like the kids from the Brazilian favelas, or no one runs as fast as the boys and girls from Jamaica's boondocks.

£9.99

£8.89

Sports Health & Fitness Book of the Year

Running Life : Mindset, fitness & nutrition for positive wellbeing - Kelly Holmes

Think, move and eat like a double Olympic champion! Running Life is Dame Kelly Holmes's inspirational and practical guide to how Mindset, Fitness and Nutrition work together to transform your physical and mental health.

Drawing on her own experiences of overcoming depression and a raft of injuries to achieve her Olympic dream, Kelly shares her tips on how to make positive changes to your mindset, exercise and diet to help you perform at your highest level.

£20.00

£15.85

Shortlisted Books   |  View All

Discover all of the titles shortlisted for The Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2019