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Episode 12 of the Behind The Lines podcast - featuring Ewan MacKenna - is out now
Host Gavin Cooney is joined by the author and journalist to talk sportswashing, social media, his criticism of the Irish rugby team and more.

THE LATEST EPISODE of Behind The Lines, our sportswriting podcast exclusive to The42 members, is out now.

If you’re unfamiliar – each episode features a lengthy interview with one of the best sports writers working in the English language. Each guest brings along a few of their favourite pieces as a way to discuss sport, writing and, you guessed it, sportswriting.

To get access to our back catalogue along with this week’s episode, become a member of The42 for €5 per month – or just €42 for a full year – by following this link.

This week’s guest is author and freelance journalist Ewan MacKenna.

Ewan is a former Sports Journalist of the Year and is now based in Portugal, having left Brazil following a crazy experience which he regales us with on the show.

We cover plenty of other things on the show, including how Roy Jones Jnr pulled a gun on him in an interview gone awry, the malign effects of sportswashing and social media, and his own infamous use of Twitter and criticism of the Irish rugby team.

Oh, and there’s also a fairly wild tale in there of Jimmy White drinking with his dead brother.

Enjoy it, and if you want to get in touch with the show, email

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