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Martin Greig

Martin Greig - Editor

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Editor with ten years experience of working on award-winning sports books such as Andrea Pirlo's autobiography, Pep Confidential & more

Overview

My speciality is in editorial assessment and developmental editing, particularly within the Sport and Outdoors genre. I have a proven track record in these areas through my company, BackPage Press, which was founded in 2009. To date, we have sold 250,000 books across the world - including Andrea Pirlo's autobiography I Think Therefore I Play, the ground-breaking Pep Confidential by Marti Perarnau, and Graham Hunter's multi-award-winning Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World. On each of these projects, I have been the main editor and worked collaboratively with the authors to shape the content.

Practically, my strengths lie in assessing the strength and marketability of an author's project. Put simply, I know what ideas sell, and how those ideas can be best presented to reach the intended audience. Within my specialist genre of Sport & Outdoors, I have edited books on football/soccer, cycling, tennis, boxing, rugby, American Football, baseball and mountaineering.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Sports & outdoor recreation

Work experience

Director

BackPage Press
July, 2009 – Present (over 8 years)

Senior Sports Writer

The Herald
May, 2004 – March, 2009 (almost 5 years)

Sports writer / sub-editor

The Sunday Times
January, 2002 – April, 2004 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Andrea Pirlo: I Think Therefore I Play

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo is one of the finest footballers of his generation - a World Cup and Champions League winning playmaker who has redefined his position at the base of midfield, and one of the most deadly free-kick takers the game has known. This is his story, in his words. It is written with a level of humour and insight which confound his image as a dead-eyed assassin on the field of play. All th... read more

Andrea Pirlo is one of the finest footballers of his generation - a World Cup and Champions League winning playmaker who has redefined his position at the base of midfield, and one of the most deadly free-kick takers the game has known. This is his story, in his words. It is written with a level of humour and insight which confound his image as a dead-eyed assassin on the field of play. All th... read more

Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World

Graham Hunter

BARCELONA are the greatest football team in the world, the greatest for a generation and possibly the greatest of all time. This is the untold inside story of how the best and most loved football team in the world came to redefine how the game is played. We start with the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley, the game that ended the debate about whether Barcelona were the greatest team in th... read more

BARCELONA are the greatest football team in the world, the greatest for a generation and possibly the greatest of all time. This is the untold inside story of how the best and most loved football team in the world came to redefine how the game is played. We start with the 2011 Champions League final at Wembley, the game that ended the debate about whether Barcelona were the greatest team in th... read more

Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja's Historic Treble

Graham Hunter

This is the story of the greatest achievement in the history of international football.After decades of failure, Spain won the European Championship in 2008 andthen the World Cup in 2010. At Euro 2012 they became the first team to win three consecutive tournament titles.Graham Hunter was inside the dressing room as the players celebrated after the finals of the World Cup and Euro 2012. His acc... read more

This is the story of the greatest achievement in the history of international football.After decades of failure, Spain won the European Championship in 2008 andthen the World Cup in 2010. At Euro 2012 they became the first team to win three consecutive tournament titles.Graham Hunter was inside the dressing room as the players celebrated after the finals of the World Cup and Euro 2012. His acc... read more

Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich

Martí Perarnau

Martí Perarnau was given total access to Bayern Munich during season 2013–14, and this book represents the first time in the modern era that a writer has got this close to one of the elite teams of world football. At the invitation of Pep Guardiola, he shadowed the Catalan, his staff, and his superstar players during training and on match days. Bayern smashed domestic records on their way to t... read more

Martí Perarnau was given total access to Bayern Munich during season 2013–14, and this book represents the first time in the modern era that a writer has got this close to one of the elite teams of world football. At the invitation of Pep Guardiola, he shadowed the Catalan, his staff, and his superstar players during training and on match days. Bayern smashed domestic records on their way to t... read more

The Five-a-Side Bible

Chris Bruce

If you play football, the chances are you play 5-a-side - it's by far the most popular version of the game in the UK. But it's much more than a game. It's an unbeatable fitness regime, it's a social club, it's an elite sport, it's what we do when we get too old for 'jumpers for goalposts'. The 5-a-side Bible tells the whole story. There's sports science, the low-down on tacti and nutrition, ho... read more

If you play football, the chances are you play 5-a-side - it's by far the most popular version of the game in the UK. But it's much more than a game. It's an unbeatable fitness regime, it's a social club, it's an elite sport, it's what we do when we get too old for 'jumpers for goalposts'. The 5-a-side Bible tells the whole story. There's sports science, the low-down on tacti and nutrition, ho... read more

Football Manager Stole My Life: 20 Years of Beautiful Obsession

Iain Macintosh, Kenny Millar, Neil White

Football Manager Stole My Life

Football Manager Stole My Life

Sean Fallon: Celtic's Iron Man

Stephen Sullivan

Sean Fallon is one of British football's great untold stories. For the first time, the Celtic legend speaks candidly about his time as right-hand man to Jock Stein and how together they ruled Scottish football and conquered Europe with the Lisbon Lions. We learn how the Irishman shaped Celtic's glory era of the 1960s and 70s by signing not only the majority of the Lions, but also players such ... read more

Sean Fallon is one of British football's great untold stories. For the first time, the Celtic legend speaks candidly about his time as right-hand man to Jock Stein and how together they ruled Scottish football and conquered Europe with the Lisbon Lions. We learn how the Irishman shaped Celtic's glory era of the 1960s and 70s by signing not only the majority of the Lions, but also players such ... read more

Mastermind: How Dave Brailsford Reinvented the Wheel (90 Minutes Shorts Book 3)

Richard Moore

Dave Brailsford has spearheaded the track cycling revolution in Britain, helping turn the nation into a superpower. He is also head of Team Sky and oversaw Bradley Wiggins' victory at the 2012 Tour de France. But who is the man behind the mask? This is a portrait of one of the most enigmatic presences in world sport; an exploration of his background, a unique insight into the formation of his ... read more

Dave Brailsford has spearheaded the track cycling revolution in Britain, helping turn the nation into a superpower. He is also head of Team Sky and oversaw Bradley Wiggins' victory at the 2012 Tour de France. But who is the man behind the mask? This is a portrait of one of the most enigmatic presences in world sport; an exploration of his background, a unique insight into the formation of his ... read more

Moonwalker

Superclasico: Inside the Ultimate Derby (90 Minutes Shorts Book 1)

Joel Richards

The superclasico, the Buenos Aires derby between River Plate and Boca Juniors, is unique in world football. These two clubs fought for supremacy in the Boca neighbourhood in the early 20th century. Today they fight for the city, for Argentina and the world. This is your ticket to the game; a guide through the streets of Buenos Aires; a journey through the dramatic and violent history of the fi... read more

The superclasico, the Buenos Aires derby between River Plate and Boca Juniors, is unique in world football. These two clubs fought for supremacy in the Boca neighbourhood in the early 20th century. Today they fight for the city, for Argentina and the world. This is your ticket to the game; a guide through the streets of Buenos Aires; a journey through the dramatic and violent history of the fi... read more

Making the Weight: Boxing's Lethal Secret (90 Minutes Shorts Book 2)

Barry J Whyte

Barry J Whyte examines the dangers of boxing’s 24-hour weigh-in by looking into the far-reaching consequences of a fight between Joey Gamache and Arturo Gatti in February 2000. He shines a light on a controversial system which allows boxers to ‘boil down’ for the weigh-in the day before the fight then pile the weight back on in the time left before stepping into the ring. He exposes the extrem... read more

Barry J Whyte examines the dangers of boxing’s 24-hour weigh-in by looking into the far-reaching consequences of a fight between Joey Gamache and Arturo Gatti in February 2000. He shines a light on a controversial system which allows boxers to ‘boil down’ for the weigh-in the day before the fight then pile the weight back on in the time left before stepping into the ring. He exposes the extrem... read more

Murrayball: How he Gatecrashed the Golden Era (90 Minutes Shorts Book 4)

Hugh MacDonald

Andy Murray’s obsession with self-improvement has propelled him from promising Scottish kid to one of the best players in the world. We learn about his commitment to ‘marginal gains’, the process by which an athlete makes small improvements in many different areas to close the gap on rivals. Diet, fitness, psychology, coaching, we learn how Murray stops at nothing to extract the most from his ... read more

Andy Murray’s obsession with self-improvement has propelled him from promising Scottish kid to one of the best players in the world. We learn about his commitment to ‘marginal gains’, the process by which an athlete makes small improvements in many different areas to close the gap on rivals. Diet, fitness, psychology, coaching, we learn how Murray stops at nothing to extract the most from his ... read more

Sean Fallon: Celtic's Iron Man

Stephen Sullivan

Sean Fallon is one of British football's great untold stories. For the first time, the Celtic legend speaks candidly about his time as right-hand man to Jock Stein and how together they ruled Scottish football and conquered Europe with the Lisbon Lions. We learn how the Irishman shaped Celtic's glory era of the 1960s and 70s by signing not only the majority of the Lions, but also players such ... read more

Sean Fallon is one of British football's great untold stories. For the first time, the Celtic legend speaks candidly about his time as right-hand man to Jock Stein and how together they ruled Scottish football and conquered Europe with the Lisbon Lions. We learn how the Irishman shaped Celtic's glory era of the 1960s and 70s by signing not only the majority of the Lions, but also players such ... read more

Henrik, Hairdryers and the Hand of God: Extraordinary Tales from the Press Box

Collected Writings

Ever wondered what is it like to be on the receiving end of a Sir Alex Ferguson hairdryer? Or how Jean Marc Bosman reacted the exact moment he discovered he d won his famous court case? Henrik, Hairdryers and the Hand of God lifts the lid on British sports journalism. Leading sports writers such as Patrick Barclay, Graham Hunter, Tom English, Graham Spiers, Hugh Keevins, Gerry McNee, Davie Pro... read more

Ever wondered what is it like to be on the receiving end of a Sir Alex Ferguson hairdryer? Or how Jean Marc Bosman reacted the exact moment he discovered he d won his famous court case? Henrik, Hairdryers and the Hand of God lifts the lid on British sports journalism. Leading sports writers such as Patrick Barclay, Graham Hunter, Tom English, Graham Spiers, Hugh Keevins, Gerry McNee, Davie Pro... read more

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