Latest book news/reviews

Here are some new reviews and updates for a some of my books – out now.

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My latest book, Shankly’s Village, is out now and being well received. Click here for more details and a FREE downloadable chapter

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A 5-star review and ‘best of the month’ rating for my new book, Legends, from Four Four Two magazine:

“A cracking piece of sporting nostalgia… it’s perfect for the coffee table, while Powley’s fine prose adds plenty of colour.”

Ashes Cover imageThe Ashes celebrates the epic contests between England and Australia down the decades, featuring the finest batsmen, the demon bowlers, the nail-biting matches and all the colour, controversies and captivating stories surrounding cricket’s premier Test fixture. Drawing on 100 years of outstanding photographs in the huge Mirrorpix archive, this book brings the Ashes of the past back to life.

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The Glory Glory Nights – created with Martin Cloake and Doug Cheeseman, the team that produced the award-winning 61: the Spurs Double – tells the complete story of Spurs in Europe. Featuring every match, outstanding photographs and images, and all-new interviews with Spurs greats through the decades. Foreword by Gareth Bale. NOMINATED FOR BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK, BSB AWARDS 2013


When Racing Was Racing – the latest in a successful series of illustrated sports history titles. “Anyone who likes racing as it is or was, and is comfortable with the concept of an old-fashioned book, will love this.” – Robin Gibson, Racing Post NOMINATED FOR BEST RACING BOOK, BSB AWARDS 2013

Praise for When Boxing Was Boxing – nominated for Best Illustrated Book in the British Sports Book Awards, 2012

Steve Bunce, BBC Radio London: “Every now and again a boxing book comes along that I like. When Boxing Was Boxing is one.  It has some stunning pics, sensible writing and there are one or two classic lines – and I mean classic.

“Adam Powley has found pics that are familiar but he’s dug deeper. . . some of the John Conteh stuff is amazing, it’s beautiful. A shot of Conteh in shower after losing to Parlov; Henry Cooper’s damaged eyes – those two pics are worth the price of the book alone. And there were about 30 times I laughed out loud.”

Hawksbee & Jacobs, Talksport: “Fantastic stuff. Great sporting pics but lots of unguarded moments as well, a really nice blend of the two

“Fans of the British game and the minutiae of it will love this – it’s not just about the great champions, it’s the few that you might not recognise as well.

“There are some brilliant photos you never expect to see. . . some really old archive stuff. The book is great, for any boxing fan its perfect Christmas present country – a lot of fun.”

Norman Giller, sports journalism great and boxing sage: “I have hundreds of boxing books in my collection. This one matches any of them for content, design and nostalgia. I hate to use clichés, but this really is a knockout of a book that will keep boxing aficionados engrossed for hours. Author Adam Powley has added a compelling narrative, and the design team have given wonderful old photographs loving treatment that makes you almost feel and taste the era in which they were taken.

“If you know your boxing history, you will not be able to put the book down. If you don’t know your boxing history, this will educate, enlighten and entertain you. For me, the best of Adam’s When… series, and that is saying something, because his previous microscopic looks at the world of Football and Cricket are also must-reads for anybody who enjoys the history of sport.”

“The research is fantastic. . . We absolutely love it. If you’re a cricket lover [you’ll] love it.” – Hawksbee & Jacobs, TalkSPORT

“Goodness knows what my idol Denis Compton would think if he came back and saw 20/20! Reading When Cricket Was Cricket will remind you of how it used to be before it became a game for the fast-food generation. You are in safe hands with author Adam Powley … as safe as Godfrey Evans.” – Norman Giller

“Wonderful” –

“A celebration of the past century of cricket” –

“Adam’s book reminds us that you didn’t need flannels, a hyphen in your surname and a silver spoon in your mouth to play.” – Newcastle Journal

“a photographic journey over the last 100 years. . . so many stories are told. . .  a whole range of lovely photographs” – Phil Parry, BBC Radio London

“I thoroughly love it. Absolutely terrific. All the photos, all the stories – the pictures are just sensational.” – Geoff Clark, BBC Radio Sussex

“The perfect guide to cricket’s golden years. guaranteed to bowl you over, knock you for six and generally conjure up all those other cricketing clichés. . . [an] entertaining tour through decades past.” – Pendle Today

I’d welcome any comments you may have, on the books, on sports history, or anything to do with sport. Just email me at or find me on Twitter @adampowley.

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