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Who Should Be “A Certainty for … Journalist of the Year”? Kevin McKenna’s View on Downfall

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


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The Book, The Sun and The Rangers – by Angela Haggerty, Editor of “Downfall”

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


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A Bookstore Bowing to the “Illiterati”? – Guest Post by “A Book Buyer”

The following post was sent to me last weekend. However after due consideration I felt that it was  better to await some official comment about the book, rather than simply provide an “anecdotal” account.

The website of Frontline Noir, the book’s publisher, now has an article on it titled “Clairvoyant Reviewers and other mysteries”. It is well worth a read.

It is appropriate now to post the piece sent to me by “A Book Buyer” last weekend.

To be fair, whether threats have been made regarding sale of the book and if these are simply in jest or something more serious is a matter which would be dealt with, should complaints be made, by the appropriate authorities at the due time. However, it is clear that, in certain bookstores, there was a perception that selling Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s book might cause bother. As the “Book Buyer” says, there was perceived to be, in some quarters, “potential” for disorder.

Instead, as the Frontline Noir piece makes clear, all that has happened is that the book has shot up the best seller lists and is on a fast track re-printing schedule.

And so to “A Book Buyer” and his piece written last Saturday.


Bookstore bows to the “Illiterati”


I have no interest in Scottish football largely because I find there is precious little football worth the watching. Continue reading


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The Sun Serialisations – No to “Downfall” – Yes to Book by “Feared Gangland Hood”

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


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Quick Thoughts on Phil Mac Giolla Bhain and Barbra Streisand

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


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