James Montague is a journalist and author from Chelmsford, Essex who is now based in The Balkans.
He writes about sport, politics and culture for The New York Times, and has reported for them from over 50 countries. Montague also contributes to World Soccer, The Blizzard, Tifo and is a Special Correspondent for The Bleacher Report. Over the course of his travels he has also written for, amongst others, The Guardian, the New Statesman, GQ, CNN, Politico, Middle East Eye, Foreign Policy, Josimar, 11 Fruende and Esquire.
His radio reports can also be heard regularly on the BBC World Service’s World Football show.
He is a founding editor of Delayed Gratification, the world’s first slow journalism publication, and 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.
Thirty One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders, a World Cup Odyssey (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.
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.
James Montague is represented by Rebecca Winfield at David Luxton Associates.
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