SportsBooks was formed in 1995 by Randall Northam, former sports editor with United Newspapers and athletics correspondent of the Daily Express and a sports journalist for thirty-five years, covering Olympic Games, World Cups and a lot else. ‘I called it SportsBooks so I could remember when I woke up that we publish books on sport!’
The company started as a vehicle to publish the ATFS annual, the track and field equivalent of Wisden, and as it has grown it has expanded to include the Nationwide annual (formerly the News of the World Annual), the world’s oldest football book. Our first edition in 2008 was the 122nd year of the annual.
We publish books we think deserve to be out in the marketplace although inevitably most of them appeal to a niche market. Our list includes books as diverse as ‘Pirates, Punks & Politics’, Nick Davidson’s personal history of St Pauli, to ‘The Lion and the Eagle’, Iain Manson’s fascinating account of the 1860 bare-knuckle prizefight between Tom Sayers of England and John Heenan of the USA. In a day when sport was far from organised this encounter took on the significance of an Olympics, a World Cup and whatever World Series you care to name all rolled into one.
We set up a second imprint, BMM, for non-sports non-fiction.