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Hugh McIlvanney

Authored by: Kevin Mitchell

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138671874
eBook ISBN: 9781315616704
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Tribute number two is to Hugh McIlvanney. Kevin Mitchell tells the story of the consensus choice as the best sportswriter of his generation, a Scot who illuminated Fleet Street for more than half a century, covering a wide range of sports, but above all boxing, with muscular, chiselled, perceptive prose. Excelling as much as reporter as writer, he brought “a breathtaking level of comprehension and expertise” to his trade, generating stories which were like his life: “long, lyrical and rich in surprises”.

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