Sports Book Awards May 11, 2012

Swann autobiography nominated in book awards

ESPNcricinfo staff

Graeme Swann's autobiography The Breaks Are Off has been nominated for two prizes at the British Sports Book Awards. Swann is nominated in the cricket book and autobiography of the year categories for his tale of drunken exploits, England exile and making offspin cool once again.

The Breaks Are Off will be up against Chris Waters' Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography, which is also nominated in the new writer category, with biographies dominating the field in the cricket award. Simon Wilde's book on Ian Botham, Leo McKinstry on Jack Hobbs and David Tossell's reappraisal of Tony Greig's career make up the rest of the shortlist.

There are also nominations for two cricket titles in the illustrated book of the year award. Britain's Lost Cricket Grounds: The Hallowed Homes of Cricket That Will Never See Another Ball Bowled by Chris Arnot and From the Boundary's Edge by Laurence Griffiths will compete against Sir Steve Redgrave's Great Olympic Moments, among others.

The awards, which are celebrating their 10th anniversary, will be presented at a black tie ceremony on Monday May 21. The winners of the 10 categories, which include football, rugby and golf, will then be entered into an online public vote to find the overall British Sports Book of the Year.

The public vote will held at www.britishsportsbookawards.co.uk, with the winner announced on June 11

Cricket Book of the Year

Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography by Chris Waters (Aurum)
Ian Botham: The Power and the Glory by Simon Wilde (Simon & Schuster)
Jack Hobbs: England's Greatest Cricketer by Leo McKinstry (Yellow Jersey)
The Breaks Are Off by Graeme Swann (Hodder & Stoughton)
Tony Greig: A Reappraisal of English Cricket's Most Controversial Captain by David Tossell (Pitch Publishing)

Autobiography / Biography of the Year

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng (Yellow Jersey)
Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster)
How Not To Be A Professional Footballer by Paul Merson (HarperSport)
Jonny: My Autobiography by Jonny Wilkinson (Headline)
Racing Through The Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar by David Millar (Orion)
Red: My Autobiography by Gary Neville (Bantam Press) Taking A Punt On My Life by Willie Thorne (Vision Sports Publishing)
The Breaks Are Off by Graeme Swann (Hodder & Stoughton)

Illustrated Book of the Year

Britain's Lost Cricket Grounds: The Hallowed Homes of Cricket That Will Never See Another Ball Bowled by Chris Arnot (Aurum)
From the Boundary's Edge by Laurence Griffiths (Atlantic Publishing)
Great Olympic Moments by Sir Steve Redgrave (Headline)
Mountain High: Europe's 50 Greatest Cycle Climbs by Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding (Quercus)
The Talksport 100 Greatest British Sporting Legendsby Bill Burrows with Tom Bailey (Simon & Schuster)
When Boxing Was Boxing by Adam Powley (Haynes Publishing)
Wimbledon - Visions of the Championships by Bob Martin and Ian Hewitt (Vision Sports Publishing)

New Writer of the Year

Among the Fans: From the Ashes to the arrows, a year of watching the watchers by Patrick Collins (Wisden)
Can't Swim, Can't Ride, Can't Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman by Andy Holgate (Know the Score Books)
Fred Trueman: The Authorised Biography by Chris Waters (Aurum)
Higgy: Matches, Microphones and MS by Alastair Hignell (Bloomsbury)
Sporting Chancer: One Man's Journey to Take On the World by Ed Hawkins (Know the Score Books)
The Ghost Runner: The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn't Stop by Bill Jones (Mainstream)

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