After my first season reporting cricket, I was very keen to write a John Arlott-style book about the cricket season. I contacted various publishers. They were polite, often bought me drinks but did not take to the idea. Then one publisher told me: “Cricket books like that don’t sell. Why don’t you write a book about a great cricketer.” He commissioned me to write a book about Keith Miller, the great Australian all-rounder. I received £400 as an advance back in 1975 and the book was finally published by another publisher. By then I had met many more publishers, had many more drinks in pubs and discussed lots of ideas. They led to more books on cricket, football, business, biography and history, even a history of Bollywood. Often I would approach a publisher with an idea and end up writing a totally different book, such as my account of the stock market crash for Bloomsbury.
My new book Game Changer is about the rise and rise of the English Premier League.
The Premier League’s rise was a spectacular cocktail of events, few of which were properly anticipated let alone planned for. Game Changer takes us on a mesmerizing journey charting this rise, involving high stakes, multi-billion pound deals, powerful and rich people, and the future of the beautiful game.
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