Posts under ‘The World is a Ball’

Going to Galway

I will be at Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April to talk soccer and writing with Steve Bloomfield, author of Africa United: How Football Explains Africa. Continue reading

Favourite Soccer Books

In Vancouver, joyful anticipation of the Whitecaps first MLS season. And discussion of soccer books, including The World is a Ball. “Well written and very funny!” Thanks, Vancouver Southsiders… Continue reading

Never mind the NFL

At Louisiana State (LSU) they’re talking soccer and The World is a Ball. Honestly, they are: “I can’t give this book a high enough recommendation.Continue reading

The Jock Book Review

The Jock Book Review, a distinguished outfit, takes note of my book The World Is A Ball: “Can everything can be explained through the very human desire to kick (or watch somebody kick) something, maybe anything? John Doyle says yes….”

World Soccer Reader interview

While in LA, was interviewed about The World Is A Ball and related matters for World Soccer Reader. “If you’re looking for an intense, completely engaging global soccer experience while you’re saving your money for Euro 2012, you will surely enjoy picking up The World Is a Ball: The Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer.” Continue reading

New Review of The World Is A Ball

By the very nice Rhiannon Kirkland. “The charm of Doyle’s writing lies in his superb narrative and people watching skills.” Continue reading

“Brings the world’s biggest soccer tournaments to life”

Fine review for The World Is A Ball on US site The Soccer Guys this week. Continue reading

New York Post Interview

The New York Post pays close attention to The World Is A Ball.

(Meanwhile, the Pope glares, for some reason.) Continue reading

NPR’s Only A Game Interview

Listen to the interview on NPR’s Only A Game from last Saturday.

Top of the page, a button allows you to listen to the entire program, scroll to the bottom of the page and there are links for the individual segments. Continue reading

Boston Globe Review

Rave review for The World Is A Ball in The Boston Globe today, Sunday: “It is something of an article of faith among fans of the literature of our games that the best writing set in sports has been inspired by baseball and boxing. Doyle is among those making a case for soccer as equally capable of provoking the great stuff.” Continue reading

International Soccer Network Review

Now that’s what I call a positive review – it opens: “John Doyle’s The World Is A Ball is a soccer masterpiece.” Continue reading

USA book launch

The World Is A Ball is launched in the USA and a chap at NPR’s Only A Game says it’s “wonderfully entertaining” and more, on the web site. I’m interviewed on Only A Game, on 200+ NPR stations Saturday. Continue reading

Vote for TWIAB as Irish Sports Book of the Year

It’s that time. It’s not the Giller, it’s not the other thing, it’s the businessContinue reading

Only a Game radio interview

The World Is A Ball taped a cheery & chatty interview about the book with the great NPR show Only A Game today. To air next week probably… Continue reading

Now in paperback

The updated paperback of The World Is A Ball is out this week Tuesday. Continue reading

Writers Festival with Bidini

The author is in Ottawa Monday & Tuesday. Ottawa Writers Festival event Tuesday noon with Dave O’Bidini of Home & Away fame. Continue reading

TWIAB Nominated for William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year

The World Is A Ball is longlisted for the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year Award. Continue reading

Tweet from great Jason de Vos

Recently alerted to a mention by the great Jason de Vos about The World Is A Ball. Back in June, jasondevos Tweeted: Met John Doyle, author of The World Is a Ball, this morning. Interesting stories. Really enjoy reading his unique perspective on the game. Continue reading

International Bestseller

And now, if you peer closely at the cover of the US edition, you’ll see it says, “International Bestseller.” So there. Continue reading

U.S. cover design

And then… there is the beautifully designed Cover for the U.S. edition of The World Is A Ball, coming this Fall from Rodale. Continue reading