A Richmondshire journalist has written a best-selling book – and it’s all thanks to a football tour.
Owen Amos, a former Richmond School pupil who grew up in Middleton Tyas, has ghost-written the autobiography of “football’s most-travelled manager”, Stephen Constantine.
Constantine, from London, is the India national team boss and has managed more national teams than any Englishman in history.
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Owen, 33, met Constantine while organising a tour to Nepal for Richmond Mavericks FC in 2011.
“Stephen managed Nepal from 1999 to 2001 so I emailed him asking for help with the Mavericks tour,” says Owen.
“The tour was very successful and we kept in touch afterwards. A few weeks later we decided to jointly write his autobiography but unfortunately, no publisher was interested.
“I emailed dozens of people and got dozens of rejections. It got quite disheartening after a while.
“We resurrected the idea in 2015 and got a publishing deal in 2016.”
The book was published in late July. On the day of release, it was Amazon’s fourth best-selling football book and broke into the top 500 of all Amazon book sales.
“We have had people all over the world saying they finished the book in a day or two which is hugely satisfying,” says Owen.
“We have come a long way since those first emails before the Mavericks tour in 2011.”
Owen lives in London with his wife Sam, who’s also from Richmond. He is due to speak at the Richmond School presentation evening on September 7.
“I know that Castle Hill Books in Richmond stocked the book,” he says.
“One of the most satisfying moments came when my father-in-law tried to buy it and they were all sold out!”