Life on the Edge of Fiction

plendIan Plenderleith is a US-based British football writer and journalist. He has been writing opinion columns and features about football for the past twenty years for publications including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, When Saturday Comes and Soccer America. He lives just outside Washington DC.

His most recent book, Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer, was published by Icon Books in September 2014, and details the rise and fall of football’s greatest, and largely forgotten, cult league – the North American Soccer League (1967-1984). It was nominated as Book of the Week in the sports section of the Independent on Sunday (21/9/14), which described it as “vividly entertaining”. Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer will be published in the US by Thomas Dunne Books in spring 2015 – See more here…

Ian has also written a collection of mainly football-based stories, For Whom the Ball Rolls, published in the UK by Orion and BB Art in the Czech Republic. Its adult-oriented short fiction was described in The Sunday Times as “a fine read”, set in a “bittersweet world [where] football can bring joy, misery and bewilderment in the same story.”

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Author and journalist