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The Nowhere Men

by Michael Calvin

Biography / Autobiography eBooks of the Month Sport

The Nowhere Men Synopsis

Winner of the Sports Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014.

Winner of the Football Book of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014.

A teenaged boy plays football in a suburban park. His name is Raheem Sterling. The call is made: Get down here quick. This is something special . Another boy is 8, going on 28. His name is Jack Wilshere. The referee, an Arsenal scout, spirits him away from Luton Town. A young goalkeeper struggles on loan at Cheltenham Town in League Two. His name is Jack Butland. Within months he will be playing for England. Welcome to football's hidden tribe. Scouts are everywhere yet nowhere, faceless and nameless, despite making the informed decisions worth millions. Award-winning sportswriter Michael Calvin opens up their hidden world, examining their disconnected lifestyles, petty betrayals and unconsidered professionalism of men who spend long, lonely hours on the road.

The Nowhere Men Press Reviews

'A magnificent book, full of extraordinary characters and beautifully told' -- Rob Bagchi Guardian


'There's a strong contender for the William Hill Sports Book Prize in Michael Calvin's The Nowhere Men, a book revealing the hidden lives of football scouts.' - The Bookseller


'Thoroughly recommended reading. Terrific' -- John Cross Daily Mirror


'The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin is a book you have to read' -- Tony Evans The Times


'I commend to you The Nowhere Men by Michael Calvin - brilliant book, great journalism' -- Ian Herbert The Independent

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ISBN: 9781780891071
Publication date: 08/08/2013
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780891071
Publication date: 8th August 2013
Author: Michael Calvin
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, Sport,

About Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin is one of the UK's most versatile sportswriters, having worked in more than 80 countries, covering seven summer Olympics, and six World Cup finals. He was named Sportswriter 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. He is currently chief sports writer with the Independent on Sunday, and has held similar positions at the Daily Telegraph, Times and Mail on Sunday. His last book, Family: Life Death and Football, was shortlisted in the 2011 Sports Book Awards. It was a critically-acclaimed ...

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