Martin Greig has been, and continues to be, a man of many guises – a journalist, a writer, a publisher and a podcaster.

An award-winning journalist, Martin also wrote the excellent sports book, The Zen of Naka, which tells the story of Celtic’s Japanese midfielder, Shunsuke Nakamura, while he also co-wrote a great football novel, The Road To Lisbon, with Charles McGarry, telling the story of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup triumph.

In 2009, Martin co-founded Back Page Press with the aim of publishing high-quality sports writing, and the company has been true to their mission statement ever since, bringing out a number of superb sports books over the past 10 years.

These include:

  • Barca, the making of the greatest team in the world
  • The biography of Italian footballer, Andrea Pirlo – I Think Therefore I Play
  • Moonwalker: Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer
  • The baseball book, Astroball, the new way to win it all
  • Pep City, the making of a Superteam, which tells the story of Pep Guardiola’s first three seasons in charge of Manchester City

Podcasts also play a part in Back Page Press’s output. They’re behind the highly-successful Big Interview series with journalist and writer, Graham Hunter, while their Behind The Lines series features interviews with the authors of great sports writing.

Listen to Martin Greig on the Read All About It Podcast HERE


1 .Favourite book from childhood:
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend and The Goalkeeper’s Revenge by Bill Naughton

2. Favourite book from teenage/university years:
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

3. A book you would recommend to anyone:
An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful by J. David Simons

4. A book you couldn’t be paid to read again:
Stoner by John Williams

5. The last book you read or are currently reading:
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee