Award-winning author of The Nowhere Men and Living on the Volcano, Michael Calvin is back with his new book that tells the inside story of becoming a professional footballer.
Michael Calvin is one of the UK's most accomplished sportswriters,
having worked in more than eighty countries. He has covered every
major sporting event, including seven summer Olympic Games and six
World Cup finals. He was named Sports Writer of the Year for his
despatches as a crew member in a round-the-world yacht race and has
twice been named Sports Reporter of the Year.
His book, The Nowhere Men, a study of football scouts, won The Times Sports Book of the Year prize in 2014. He became the first author to receive the award in successive years, when Proud, his collaboration with former Wales and British Lions rugby captain Gareth Thomas, was named Sports Book of the Year in 2015.
In the same year Living On The Volcano, which exposed the pressures on managers, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize. No Nonsense, his collaboration with Joey Barton, was named Autobiography of the Year in the 2017 British Sports Book awards.
No Hunger In Paradise, an insight into youth football that spawned a widely-praised BT Sport documentary, was a Sunday Times bestseller. State of Play, a study of the morality and social impact of modern football, was longlisted for the 2018 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.
He has been working closely with Thomas Bjorn on Mind Game to capture the unique nature of golf, and the principles and philosophies of the world's best players.
Another landmark work from Mike Calvin, who has taken us beyond the
surface of football to show its true workings. Ground-breaking
reportage with a heart and a conscience. A service to the game. --
Paul Hayward * Telegraph *
Extraordinary writing, a vital subject, a brilliant read -- Jonathan Northcroft * Sunday Times *
If you're in any way interested in what lies beneath the water of the Premier League Iceberg, read Mike Calvin's latest book No Hunger in Paradise -- Owen Gibson * Guardian *
A fascinating insight which gets to the heart of the matter - and problems - chasing every kid's dream. A compelling read for anyone who likes football and the stories surrounding the stars of tomorrow. I couldn't put it down. -- John Cross * Daily Mirror *
Another exceptional piece of work -- Jason Burt * Telegraph *