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Quiet Genius


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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 Shortlisted for the Football Book of the Year, Sports Book Awards 2018

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Ian Herbert is a sportswriter for the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. He began his career in Liverpool in 1989, where he was both a news and football reporter, and became deputy editor of Liverpool Daily Post before leaving in 1999 for The Independent, where he worked in news and sports journalism for 18 years. As a football reporter on the Post, he covered the managerial era of Graeme Souness, at the beginning of Liverpool's decades-long struggle to retain the standards of the great Bob Paisley days. @ianherbs


An evocative, intimate portrait * Rory Smith, New York Times *
Quiet Genius is like its subject, a winner and surely a candidate already for the best football books of the year, whether you are of a Liverpool FC persuasion or not. * Blackpool Gazette *
Terrific * Scotland on Sunday *
Herbert has written perhaps the best Paisley biography, emphasising how hard work, an uncanny eye for a player and a belief that football is, at its heart, a simple game, worked wonders. * Bristol Post *
This brilliant new book chronicles how Bob Paisley the player reinvented himself as Bob the builder, Bob the physio, and ultimately Bob the all-conquering manager * LFC Magazine *
This biography puts Paisley on the map once again and brings him into the discussion of being one of the world's best football managers ever. Herbert deserves loads of credit for this as no other author could deliver a text as great as this. Kudos to Bloomsbury for yet another great football title and perhaps the top title of 2017 * International Soccer Network *
A cut above many formulaic sports books. * Daily Telegraph *
A beautifully constructed tribute to the virtues of the quiet approach, and all the more stirring for arriving in an age of constant noise. * The Times (Saturday review) *
The depth of research is outstanding with the input of former players and coaches providing authoritative insights into a great man. * Daily Express *
Herbert will leave you with no doubt regarding Paisley's exalted position in football's pantheon. * Coach *
Herbert's biography of Bob Paisley, the great Liverpool manager, is also a vivid - and often unflattering - portrait of Seventies football. * The TImes Saturday Review *
An eloquent portrait of the introvert who became Liverpool's greatest manager of all time. * Daily Express *
Herbert reveals the paradoxes of the most unassuming boss to find footballing immortality and bring Anfield unparalleled glory. * Sunday Mirror *
Ian Herbert's book is a beautifully constructed tribute to the virtues of the quiet approach, and all the more stirring for arriving in an age of constant noise. * The Times *

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