Transworld Publishers has acquired a new sports title called Fifty Years of Hurt, an exploration of "a national obsession”.
Authored by the new chief football writer for the Times, Henry Winter, the book will chart the history of the England football team over the past five decades and is set to address “the state of the nation” as the golden anniversary of the team's 1966 World Cup win approaches.
Described as “part lament, part anatomy of an obsession”, it analyses the truth behind “the endless excuses” and “apportions the blame for the crimes against English football” while seeking “solutions”.
Transworld editorial director Giles Elliott acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in the book from David Luxton of David Luxton Associates.
Winter said: “Fifty Years of Hurt is a journey into a national obsession. I've travelled everywhere from Wembley to LA to try to understand why England keep failing. It's not just penalties. I talk to players and managers about how much England means to them and how to end the years of hurt. I'm delighted that Transworld have given me the opportunity to tell such an important story.”
Elliott said: “The Transworld team was bowled over by Fifty Years of Hurt and it’s an honour to be involved with a writer of Henry Winter’s stature. Next year just got very exciting indeed.”
Fifty Years of Hurt is scheduled for hardback publication in June 2016.