This year saw the publication of a book described in this article by Kevin McKenna in the Scottish Review of Books as “what will probably be the biggest-selling sports book in Scotland this year”.
The book is written by an author described as “a prolific and respected freelance journalist and author in Ireland”.
As Mr McKenna says, the book “charts the gestation and birth of the most momentous story in the history of Scottish sport”. He ascribes his own sub-title to it – “how was one of the richest and most powerful institutions in Scottish society brought to its knees and destroyed while the rest of us were looking the other way”.
He goes on to say that, if the author was a staffer on a Scottish newspaper “he would be a certainty to be crowned sportswriter of the year, news reporter of the year and journalist of the year for his work on the … story”. Continue reading
I am delighted to welcome a new Guest Poster on to the Blog. Angela Haggerty worked as an Editor on Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s new book. She has been kind enough to offer some thoughts on the book, the controversy around its publication and the abortive serialisation in the Sun.
As mentioned in my last post, if there was a hope amongst any group of people that the book would disappear quicker than Craig Whyte post-administration, that has proved to be ill-founded.
Indeed, as you can see from the picture below “Downfall” is WH Smith’s Scottish Book of the Month!
It looks as if Angela’s work has complemented that of Phil, taking the book to the top of the charts.
And therefore, enough from me, and I pass you over to Angela.
A fortnight ago, Rangers fans celebrated a very hollow victory. The only group to lose out after the Scottish Sun’s decision to pull the serialisation of Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s new book, Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed, is Rangers fans. Continue reading
As readers will know, the Scottish Sun elected not to serialise “Downfall” by Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, having initially announced its intent to do so.
The Scottish Editor explained the decision in an editorial no longer available on the Sun website. Extracts from it read as follows:-
“THE Scottish Sun has never been afraid of controversy. Throughout the years, we have never shied away from tackling difficult subjects. We have never taken the soft option, the easy route, the quiet life.
We knew he (Phil Mac Giolla Bhain) was a controversial figure, but it was clear from the book he had written that he had a story to tell. And we felt it was a story that needed to be told to you, so that you could make your own minds up. So that you had a chance to read the behind-the-scenes details about the downfall of Rangers. So that you had a chance to see where the blame lay for the collapse of the club. Continue reading
I’m sure that heading caught your attention!
I suspect Phil Mac Giolla Bhain never expected to share a blogpost title with Ms Streisand! However, I do not have a juicy trans-Atlantic scandal to reveal.
Instead, as at 1.25pm on 4th September, Phil’s book was placed at number 13 on the UK Amazon bestseller chart. Maybe it would have got there as a result of the proposed serialisation in the Sun, and maybe not.
However, in an episode which surely will join the annals of the Streisand Effect, Phil is racing up the charts! Continue reading