James Montague is the author of three books.

When Friday Comes: Football, War and Revolution in the Middle East (de Coubertin) covers his travel to every country in the region — before, during and after the Arab Spring — examining where football, politics and religion intersect. It was first released in 2008 by Mainstream and won Best New Writer at the British Sports Book of the Year awards. It was heavily revised and re-released in 2013 by de Coubertin.

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Officials before the Gaza Cup Final, Gaza, September 2009.

Thirty One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders (Bloomsbury) was released in May 2014, and a month later in the US. Thirty One Nil covers his journey to all six continents charting the qualification campaign for the World Cup finals in Brazil, through the eyes of the minnows and underdogs unlikely to make it there.

Thirty One Nil won Best Football Book at the 2015 British Sports Book of the Year Awards.

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A Rwanda supporter before a 2014 World Cup qualification match against Eritrea, November 2011.

The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football’s Super-Rich Owners (Bloomsbury) was released in the UK August 2017, and in the US in October the same year. The Billionaires Club tells the story of how the super rich have invested their wealth and political capital into football. It is a part history of club ownership, part in-depth investigation into the money and influence that connects the super-rich around the globe, and part travel book that crosses national boundaries in an attempt to reveal the real force behind modern-day football. The book has also been published in Japan, Turkey and Poland.

The Billionaires Club won Best Football Book at the 2018 British Sports Book of the Year Awards. 

Supporters celebrate a goal during the Workers Cup in Doha, Qatar, May 2016.

James Montague is represented by Rebecca Winfield at David Luxton Associates.

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