Match-fixing is one of the biggest issues surrounding sport at this time. John Daniell, a former professional rugby player, has written the fascinating novel about Mark Stevens, a former All Black playing professional rugby in Paris. Moving toward the end of his career Mark is drawn, through his relationship with a beautiful journalist, first into betting on matches and then into match-fixing. From on his own experience, Daniell shows how an innocent player can be drawn into an illegal world, one where your actions place your family, half a world away, in danger.
Shortlisted for The Cross Sports Book Awards take place on 1st June, 2016 at Lord's Cricket Ground. Rugby World's book of the month for March 2016
John Daniell's first book Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary won the British Sports Book Prize and was translated into French and Japanese. It was described as "a gem" (The Observer) "riveting" (The Guardian) and "as good an insight into the everyday life of a professional sportsman as you could hope to read" (The Telegraph). John is a New Zealander, played age-grade rugby for New Zealand, played for Wellington and Oxford University, then made a career playing professional rugby in France.