Pitch Publishing

It is always a pleasure to receive a newsletter from my friends at Pitch Publishing and today’s mail was especially interesting. There were two books that particularly caught my eye and that I thought needed highlighting.

The Beautiful Game and The Ugly Truth is an emotive examination of football and its ties to dementia. Evidence of its impact is continuing to pile up, from Jeff Astle’s death in 2002 being ruled as a result of heading footballs to Sir Bobby Charlton becoming the fifth member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side to be diagnosed with the disease.

The author is Kieran Gill and because he normally writes for the Daily Mail I don’t normally read his work. I will make an exception for this book. He joined the Mail in 2014, initially through their trainee scheme, and has contributed extensively to their award-nominated Enough is Enough campaign concerning dementia in football. Kieran hails from the north east of England but now lives in the south east. This is his debut book, covering a topic close to his heart.


The second book that caught my eye was When Asia Welcomed The World. This is the story of the 2002 World Cup, a tournament that saw heart-warming stories and controversy intertwined. In my opinion it is still one of the most interesting/dramatic World Cups ever. The book resurrects the great characters who lit up 2002’s biggest footballing stage – Ronaldo, Oliver Kahn, David Beckham and Rüştü Reçber among them – and examines the tournament’s controversies and giant-killing upsets.

The author is Danny Lewis who is a freelance sports journalist and author of The Boleyn’s Farewell: West Ham United’s Upton Park Swansong. He also contributed to the widely acclaimed compendium Iberia Chronicles. After earning an undergraduate degree in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University, he has written for The Athletic, ESPN, Copa90, The FA and Planet Football among other publications.

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