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Michael Calvin


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Michael Calvin is one of the UK’s most accomplished sportswriters, having held senior positions at the Daily Telegraph, Times, Mail on Sunday and Independent on Sunday. He has worked in more than 80 countries, covering 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 the second book in his football trilogy, 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. His new book, No Hunger In Paradise, an insight into youth football, became an immediate Sunday Times best seller when it was published, to critical acclaim, in April 2017.