11 January 2012 - 9:33am | posted by | 0 comments

Scottish sportswriter makes his author debut with a book on the Old Firm

Scottish sportswriter makes his author  debut with a book on the Old FirmScottish sportswriter makes his author debut with a book on the Old

Award-winning Scottish sportswriter, Richard Wilson, has made his debut as a book author.

And Glasgow-born Wilson, 37, who was sportswriter of the year in the Scottish Press Awards in 2003, has chosen a topic on which he is very well-versed.

‘Inside the Divide-One City, Two Teams: The Old Firm’ chronicles the legendary rivalry between Celtic FC and Rangers FC.

In a review of the book in Scotland on Sunday, fellow sportswriter, Richard Bath, observes: “Wilson is a talented, if occasionally flowery writer who knows his subject inside out.

“His narrative on the passion of the fixture is impressive, and the genuinely thoughtful commentary from many of the players, both Scottish and non-Scottish, who have appeared in the fixture – plus interested parties such as referees, fans and journalists – is the book’s greatest strength.”

And Kevin McKenna yesterday described the book in The Observer as ..."insightful and wonderfully written."

Wilson, who began his career on the Glasgow South & Eastwood Extra weekly, spent 11 years as a staff sportswriter on The Sunday Times Scotland before going freelance in 2010.

He now is contracted to The Herald and the Sunday Herald although he also writes occasionally for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.

The book is published by Canongate, at £16.99p, and is also available in an e-version.

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