The Picador book of sports writing
Ed. N. Coleman and N. Hornby
Chapter by Mihir Bose – ‘Keith Boyce: head groundman’
Over the last few years – with the advent of fanzines, sports supplements, men’s magazines – both the nature and the profile of sports writing in Britain has changed, and in the press box, if not on the field, we are experiencing a Golden Age. Now everyone’s a sportswriter: the people who write about sports are just as likely to have produced prize-winning novels as they are to have covered the World Cup for their newspaper. The Picador Book of Sports writing reflects this change by including pieces from Martin Amis, and Roddy Doyle, but it does not ignore the more traditional British sportswriters like Matthew Engel, Frank Keating and Hugh McIlvanney.