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Simon Nott’s début self-published ‘Skint Mob! – Tales From The Betting Ring’ has been short-listed for this year’s British Sports Book Awards

Devon author’s début the self-published book ‘Skint Mob!’ short-listed for the British Sports Book Awards 2014.

Tiverton author Simon Nott’s début self-published ‘Skint Mob! – Tales From The Betting Ring’ has been short-listed for this year’s British Sports Book Awards horse racing section. The paperback was self-published by the author in November 2013 and been steadily gaining momentum largely though on-line recommendations since. That momentum gathered pace with a near full-page glowing review in UK racing trade daily The Racing Post in March.

Simon is 49 years old and born in Tiverton, Devon. The book relates to his time working for racecourse bookmakers from the late 1980’s to the 2008. It also takes in the period when he first got interested in racing and a stint in the Army. It is largely a vehicle to bring to life the colourful characters he met and incidents that occurred along the way. The nature of the story-telling and humour involved has made Skint Mob! a book that some reviewers have concluded will appeal to non-racing and racing fans alike.

Simon still works on racecourses and also writes as a freelance music journalist for various national publications. He also writes a popular ‘Tales From The Betting Ring’ blog which was shortlisted for the 2014 UK Blog Awards.

Simon can be contacted on and 07825 618 557.

The British Sports Book Awards take place at Lords on Wednesday 21st May. Full details can be found below.


David Beckham will go head-to-head with Andy Murray, while Ronnie O’Sullivan will take on Jimmy Connors, at a prestigious event this May, with all four stars in contention for top prizes at this year’s British Sports Book Awards. Beckham and Murray will vie for Best Illustrated Book of the Year; while O’Sullivan and Connors are among the eight-strong shortlist for Autobiography/Biography of the Year. The winners of both awards will be announced at a star-studded ceremony being held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, onWednesday, 21st May, and hosted by Jonathan Agnew.

Andrew Strauss, Katherine Grainger and Dennis Bergkamp join O’Sullivan and Connors on the shortlist for Autobiography/Biography of the Year, with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, former referee Mark Halsey, and Brough Scott’s portrait of trainer, Henry Cecil, completing the list, in one of the strongest line-ups in the 12-year history of the awards.

Other awards to be presented on the night are Football Book of the Year, with shortlisted titles including Guillem Balague’s biography of Lionel Messi, and Sid Lowe’s Fear and Loathing in La Liga; Cricket Book of The Year, featuring The Little Wonder: A History of Wisden by Rob Winder and James Astill’s story of cricket and corruption in India, The Great Tamasha; Rugby Book of the Year, which sees Ronan O’Gara’s autobiography, pitted against Calon, Owen Sheers’ journey into the heart of Welsh rugby; and Horse Racing Book of the Year, with contenders including the true-life thriller, Doped, by Jamie Reid, and the self-published Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring by Simon Nott.

There are also two awards celebrating the best of sports writing – Outstanding Sports Writing, with Ned Boulting and John Hopkins, among the six shortlisted; and New Writer of the Year which sees Tim Lewis, author of The Land of Second Chances, the story of the Rwandan cycling team, up against Clarke Carlisle’s autobiography, You Don’t Know Me But…

After the individual category winners have been announced on 21 May, each will then be promoted in a media and retail campaign with an online public vote determining theOverall British Sports Book of the Year. The public vote will held on the official website – The complete list of shortlisted books is attached.

For further information contact: Jane Beaton, 07802 433471.


Autobiography/Biography of the Year

Stillness & Speed - Dennis Bergkamp - Simon & Schuster
with David Winner
Swim, Bike, Run - Alistair & Jonathan Brownlee - Viking Penguin
The Outsider - Jimmy Connors - Bantam Press
Dreams Do Come True - Katherine Grainger - Carlton Books
Added Time - Mark Halsey with Ian Ridley - Floodlit Dreams

Running - Ronnie O’Sullivan - Orion
Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius - Brough Scott - Racing Post Books
Driving Ambition - Andrew Strauss - Hodder

Illustrated Book of the Year Sponsored by Getty Images
David Beckham - David Beckham - Headline
Wimbledon 2013: The Official Story of the Championships - The All England Club - VSP
8000 Metres: Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains - Alan Hinkes - Cicerone
Seventy-Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory - Andy Murray - Headline
Incredible Waves - Chris Power - Orca Publications
The Pain and The Glory Team Sky, Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome - HarperSport

Cricket Book of the Year Sponsored by Littlehampton Book Services

The Great Tamasha - James Astill - Bloomsbury
Lost in the Long Grass - John Barclay - Fairfield
Bradman’s War - Malcolm Knox - Robson Press
A Guide to Cricket - Tony Laughton - Chris Saunders
The Trundlers - Harry Pearson - Little Brown
The Little Wonder: A History of Wisden - Rob Winder - Bloomsbury

Horse Racing Book of the Year Sponsored by Unibet

Arkle: The Legend of Himself - Anne Holland - O’Brien Press
Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring - Simon Nott - Simon Nott Racing
Foinavon: the Story of the Grand - David Owen - Bloomsbury
National’s Biggest Upset Doped - Jamie Reid - Racing Post Books
Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius - Brough Scott - Racing Post Books

Football Book of the Year Sponsored by 21Six

Messi - Guillem Balague - Orion
The Nowhere Men - Mike Calvin - Penguin
How Not to be a Football Millionaire - Keith Gillespie with Daniel McDonnell - Trinity Mirror Sport

The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews - Jon Henderson - Vintage
I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Penguin
Fear and Loathing in La Liga - Sid Lowe - Vintage
The Great English Final - David Tossell - Pitch Publishing
Sir Walter Winterbotham - Graham Morse - John Blake

Rugby Book of the Year , Sponsored by Robert Walters

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Nick Bishop - Mainstream
the Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC World Cup Glory - Arena Sport
The Mud, the Beer and the Rugby - John Collier - Tales of the Vale
City Centre - Simon Halliday - Troubadour
Unguarded - Ronan O’Gara - Transworld
Calon: A Journey to the Heart of Welsh Rugby - Owen Sheers - Faber & Faber

Outstanding Sports Writing Award Sponsored by Arbuthnot Latham

On the Road Bike - Ned Boulting - Yellow Jersey
Can’t Sleep, Can’t Train, Can’t Stop - Andy Holgate - Pitch Publishing
An American Caddie in St Andrews - Oliver Horovitz - Gotham
Fore! The Best of John Hopkins -John Hopkins - Elliot & Thompson
Pushing the Limits - Casey Stonor - Orion
Everest: The First Ascent - Harriet Tuckey - Ebury

New Writer of the Year

You Don’t Know Me But… - Clarke Carlisle - Simon & Schuster
Land of Second Chances - Tim Lewis - Yellow Jersey
Steven Gerard, Michael Owen and Me: Mike Yates Tells His Story - Keith Miller - Wordsmith Intnl
The Race Against Time - Ed Pickering - Transworld
Fat Man or Green Man - Ira Rainey - Tangent Books
The Sergio Torres Story - Sergio Torres - Pitch Publishing

For further information contact: Jane Beaton, 07802 433471.

Sports Retailer of the Year Sponsored by Orion Publishing Group

Publicity Campaign of the Year

The Sports Gene by David Epstein Louise Court at Yellow Jersey Press
My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson Karen Geary & Rebecca Mundy at Hodder
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson Laura Lees & Orlando Mowbray at HarperCollins
I Am Zlatan by Zlatan Ibrahimovic Julia Murday, Penguin Books
Red or Dead by David Peace Anna Pallai, Faber & Faber
Stillness and Speed by Dennis Bergkamp Helen Mockridge, Simon & Schuster



The British Sports Book Awards are supported by the following companies:
BT Sport, The Times, Unibet, Littlehampton Book Services, Getty Images, Robert Walters, Arbuthnot Latham, 21Six, Orion Publishing Group, National Book Tokens, Agile Marketing.
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