SEVEN MAGNIFICENT BOOKS SHORTLISTED
We’re thrilled to announce that seven of our titles have been shortlisted for awards at The Sports Book Awards 2022, in association with The Sunday Times, in separate categories.
Our ‘Magnificent Seven’ are Love of the Game by Ricky Hill with Adrian Durham (Autobiography of The Year), Never Surrender by Mark Peel (Cricket Book of The Year), The People's Wimbledon by Richard Jones (Illustrated Book of The Year), Always Believe by Olivier Giroud with Dominique Rouch (International Autobiography of The Year), Eighty at Eighty by Sir Geoff Hurst (Sports Entertainment Book of The Year), Whose Game Is It Anyway? by Michael Calvin (Sports Writing Award) and The Miracle by Vasilis Sambrakos (Football Book of the Year).
Congratulations to our shortlisted authors. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for further success at the winners’ ceremony, which takes place at the Kia Oval in London on Thursday 26 May.
Read on to learn about our shortlisted books.
Love of the Game
Ricky Hill was a legend at Luton and became only the fourth black player to represent England. As a coach, he has won trophies and awards overseas but has been overlooked in his home country. In Love of the Game, he lifts the lid on how the decision-makers in English football have ignored him and other black coaches. Explosive and revelatory!
Never Surrender is the biography of England cricket captain Douglas Jardine, whose success in winning the Ashes in Australia in 1932/33 was tarnished by the use of bodyline bowling, which was seen as unsporting. Now, with Jardine's reputation on the rise, Mark Peel reassesses this complex character and outstanding leader.
The People's Wimbledon
The People's Wimbledon brings you the magic of SW19 in words and pictures. The book combines hundreds of stunning illustrations with memories and anecdotes from players, journalists, broadcasters and fans - from 1877 to the modern day. This book is a 'must' if you've been bitten by the Wimbledon bug.
Always Believe is the gripping autobiography of Chelsea, Arsenal and France star Olivier Giroud. Join him on a remarkable journey, from France's Ligue 1 to the Premier League and World Cup glory. Usually a private person, Giroud holds nothing back as he shares all the highs and lows of a stellar career at the game's top level.
Eighty at Eighty
Sir Geoff Hurst is the only footballer in history to score a World Cup final hat-trick. To mark his 80th birthday, he has chosen the 80 sportsmen who have most inspired and motivated him. Sir Geoff has an in-depth knowledge of all the major sports and his A to Z reflects this, running from Ali to Zidane. The book is filled with surprising facts.
Whose Game is it Anyway
Drawn from Calvin's experience as an award-winning sportswriter covering every major sports event over 40 years in more than 80 countries, this deeply personal book takes you on a tour of the world's greatest sporting occasions. Whose Game is it Anyway is part memoir, part manifesto. This is sport as you've never seen it before.
The Miracle is the inside story of one of the greatest sporting achievements in history, revealing how rank outsiders Greece won the 2004 European Football Championship. Vasilis Sambrakos has interviewed all the key protagonists to bring you their remarkable untold story.