The42's new anthology - Behind the Lines, No. 5 - is on sale now

Priced at €12, Behind the Lines contains 18 more great Irish sports stories from The42.

LAST UPDATE | 22 Oct 2021


SOME PERSONAL NEWS… we’re delighted to announce that Behind the Lines, our anthology of some of the year’s best sportswriting published on The42, is returning for a fifth year.

It’s available to pre-order at the very reasonable price of €12 in

And of course, The42 Members – whose support makes projects like this happen – are entitled to a 20% discount on their purchases in the store. 

Behind The Lines, No. 5 will also be on the shelves and available to buy in bookshops throughout the country in the next week or so. It’s the perfect gift for the sports fan in your life. 

So what can you expect between the covers? In this unusual Olympic year, Gavan Casey returns to Seoul ’88 and Barcelona ’92 with Wayne McCullough to find out what it means to a man from a loyalist heartland to raise the tricolour on sport’s biggest stage.

Sinéad Farrell shines a spotlight on one of this year’s cycle’s, sprinter Phil Healy, with the help of her sister and her coach; while Cathal Dennehy reflects on the irreplaceable loss of the great Jerry Kiernan.

Ireland soccer international Clare Shine and swimmer Karen Leach share their important personal stories, while Paddy Hill, wrongly imprisoned for 17 years as one of the ‘Birmingham Six’, tells Gavin Cooney about his struggle to leave the past behind.

Go on tour with the Irish rugby team in 1970s Fiji, carry the bags of the Jack Charlton era with Irish football’s legendary kitman, lace up your boots for a cameo role in the iconic Escape to Victory, and step into the ring with The Real Million Dollar Baby.

With something for everyone, this is unmissable long-form writing for the sports fan in your life.

Behind The Lines, No. 5, a collection of some of the year’s best sports stories is available now. Order it here (€12):




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