Allen & Unwin publish charity football book ‘A Game of Two Halves’

16th July 2019

Allen & Unwin have acquired World English rights to A Game of Two Halves: Famous Football Fans Meet Their Heroes by Amy Raphael. Editorial director Clare Drysdale acquired rights from Becky Thomas at Johnson & Alcock. A Game of Two Halves will be published by Allen & Unwin on October 3rd, 2019.

A Game of Two Halves is a collection of revealing, entertaining and amusing interviews between celebrities and their favourite footballers, with half of the royalty earnings going to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Contributors include Raheem Sterling, Gary Lineker, David Morrissey, Clare Balding, Pep Guardiola, Lucy Bronze, Jürgen Klopp, Johnny Marr, Ian Wright, Romesh Ranganathan, Frank Lampard, Val McDermid, Rio Ferdinand, Vivianne Miedema, Steven Gerrard, Héctor Bellerín and David Lammy.

Clare Drysdale comments:

‘In these divisive times, football is a great – perhaps the great – unifier and partnering with UNHCR on this project reminds us that the refugee crisis requires urgent attention. The humour and generosity each of the contributors has brought to this undertaking has produced a sparkling and surprising collection which will be a must-read for all football fans this Christmas.’

 Amy Raphael has been writing about popular culture and sport for more than 25 years. She is the author of half a dozen books, including A Seat at the Table: Interviews with Women on the Frontline of Music, which was published by Virago in June 2019.

Amy comments:

‘I had the idea for A Game of Two Halves in summer 2016 and was amazed by the generosity of everyone involved, from David Morrissey and Gary Lineker to Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. The conversations in the book veer from Pep’s cashmere jumpers to Klopp addressing his touchline celebrations, but they don’t shy away from the fact that football has a social responsibility. I wanted to work with UNHCR on this project because we need to keep the conversation about refugees going – after all, one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds. We shall also be organizing a silent auction around the time of publication, in which signed football shirts, guitars etc will be donated by those in the book, with all proceeds going to UNHCR.’