Gary Neville's choice of wedding venue, the use of underpants in goal celebrations, whether Lee Sharpe has it in him to go all the way on Celebrity Love Island – Giles Smith has never fought shy of hitting the big issues head on. Now, in this compilation of his most fearless and forthright public declarations, the award-winning Times sports columnist invites you to chew with him on football’s biggest bullets. Meet the WAG who claims to have ‘heard of’ Kent. Calculate the number of loft conversions you could buy with the money saved from a lifetime of following football. Get a tutorial from Craig Bellamy on how to hit someone with a golf club so that they stay hit. Contemplate Peter Crouch’s future with the Harlem Globetrotters. And ask yourself where David Beckham is these days – how he’s getting on, and why do we never hear about him?
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Giles Smith was born in Colchester in 1962. He was the keyboard player in a pop group called The Cleaners From Venus but reluctantly resigned himself to working as a journalist when The Cleaners didn’t go global. His failure to make it as a musician was the topic of his first book, Lost in Music (1995), and has been the subtext of anything he has said or done since.
In the Nineties, he worked as a feature writer for The Independent. He now writes for The Times. He was named Sports Columnist of the Year in 1998. A collection of his sports writing, Midnight in the Garden of Evel Knieval, was published in November 2000.
His writing has appeared in many British publications and in The New Yorker. He contributed a monologue to the Nick Hornby-edited short story collection Speaking with the Angel. He lives in south London with his partner, the writer Sabine Durrant, and their children.
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