Joe Donnelly is a journalist and author, who works for the Celtic View magazine. He swapped a career in plumbing for journalism, with a round-the-world trip in between the two, and after writing for PC Gamer about one of his passions – video games – he joined Celtic in 2018, writing about his other passion – football and, in particular, Celtic.

In 2019, he published his first book, Homegrown Hero, the biography of Celtic player, James Forrest, to great success and, like the proverbial buses, you wait years for a Joe Donnelly book and two come along almost at the same time.

In July 2020, Scottish publishers 404 Ink will bring out Joe’s new book – Checkpoint: How Video Games Power Up Minds, Kick Ass and Save Lives.

Listen to Joe Donnelly on the Read All About It podcast HERE


1. Favourite book from childhood.
The Stonecutter – Wikipedia page

2. Favourite book from teenage/university (formative) years.
The Stand – Stephen King

3. A book you would recommend to anyone.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

4. A book you couldn’t be paid to read again.
The Island – Aldous Huxley

5. The last book you read or are currently reading
The Chain – Adrien McKinty