Article published on June 10, 2015.
The troubled life stories of two gay sportsmen triumphed at the CROSS British Sports Book Awards ceremony held on 3rd June at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, hosted by Jonathan Agnew and Alison Mitchell, and attended by stars from the world of sport including Tony Adams, Nicole Cooke, Will Greenwood, Simon Jones, Brian Moore, Andrew Strauss and Gareth Thomas.
Also in attendance was Jane Ellison MP, Minister for Public Health, who spoke about the importance of physical activity in everyday life, and praised the work of organisations such as the Dallaglio Foundation, which was the chosen charity for the evening.
Proud, the inspirational autobiography of former Welsh rugby star, Gareth Thomas, won the prestigious Autobiography of the Year, while Alone, the biography of Olympic ice-skater, John Curry, written by Bill Jones, won the award for Outstanding Sports Writing, which was presented by Robin Cousins.
A special award for Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing was presented to Sir Michael Parkinson CBE who accepted the award from his publisher of 30 years, Roddy Bloomfield, after emotional tributes from Geoffrey Boycott, and former umpire, Dickie Bird, with whom he once opened the batting at Barnsley Cricket Club.
Other winners on the night included
• Matt Dickinson – Biography of the Year for BOBBY MOORE: The Man in Full
• Peter Oborne – Cricket Book of the Year, for WOUNDED TIGER: The History of Cricket in Pakistan
• James Montague – Football Book of the Year for THIRTY-ONE NIL: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders
• Cycling Book of the Year was Herbie Sykes for THE RACE AGAINST THE STASI
• Rugby Book of the Year went to Richard Parks for BEYOND THE HORIZON
• Horse Racing Book of the Year to CHELTENHAM ET AL: The Best of Alastair Down
• New Writer of the Year award went to Anna Krien for NIGHT GAMES
• Illustrated Book of the Year was THE AGE OF INNOCENCE: Football in the 1970s edited by Reuel Golden
Each of the 10 winning titles is now put to an online public vote to determine the Overall CROSS British Sports Book of the Year in association with The Times.
The vote, sponsored by National Book Tokens, will be held on the official website www.britishsportsbookawards.co.uk – with a prize draw of £100 National Book Tokens.
The vote remains open until Tuesday, 16th June, with the winner announced shortly after.
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