Mihir Bose is an award winning journalist and author. He writes and broadcasts on social and historical issues as well as sport for a range of outlets including the BBC, the Financial Times and History Today.
He has written more than 30 books and his most recent publication is Silver: The Spy Who Fooled the Nazis. His books about history and biography include the only narrative history of Bollywood, biographies of Michael Grade and the Indian revolutionary Subhas Bose (no relation), a history of the Muslim community of Memons and a study of the Aga Khans. Other recent books include Game Changer: How the English Premier League Came to Dominate the World and The Spirit of the Game: How Sport Made the Modern World. Bose has also contributed to various books including British Greats and Histories of Nations, and he co-authored the story of William Hill.
He was the BBC’s first Sports Editor where his job involved investigating and analysing sports stories. His major scoops included revealing the cost of the Olympics and the Premier League plans for the 39th game. He covered all BBC outlets including the flagship Ten O’Clock News, the Today programme, Five Live and the website. Before joining the BBC, he was the chief sports news correspondent for the Daily Telegraph for 12 years where he created an innovative weekly column, Inside Sport. He also wrote for the editorial pages on such subjects as race, immigration, and other social and cultural issues.
He has written for nearly all the major UK newspapers, editing the Inside Track column of the Sunday Times and writing the weekly “Big Sports Interview” for the London Evening Standard as well as several business publications. He has also presented programmes for radio and television.
He has won several awards: business columnist of the year, sports news reporter of the year, sports story of the year and Silver Jubilee Literary award for his History of Indian Cricket.
He was consulted by government ministers in the run-up to London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympic Games and served on the Budd Committee which provided the basis for the new UK gambling legislation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a former trustee of Sporting Equals, the charity which promotes greater involvement in sport and physical activity by disadvantaged communities particularly the black and minority ethnic population, and of the National Army Museum.
Bose has an honorary doctorate from Loughborough University for his outstanding contribution to journalism and the promotion of equality.
His public speaking – before or after dinner – lifts the lid on sport, journalism, India, and wider economic and political issues.
Mihir lives in west London with his wife, Caroline Cecil, who runs a financial PR consultancy. He has a daughter, Indira.