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Published on Jan 7, 2015
Born and brought up in Birmingham, writer and architectural historian Simon Inglis wrote his first words on football and football grounds at the age of six, following a visit to Villa Park. He went on to study History and the History of Architecture at University College London, trained as a teacher in Leeds, taught history at a comprehensive school in Walthamstow and travelled in Central and South America for six months before becoming a freelance journalist in Manchester.
He has written for a wide range of publications, such as The Observer, The Guardian, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Mail on Sunday, the Jewish Chronicle, Radio Times, World Soccer, 4-4-2, When Saturday Comes, Business Traveller Magazine, plus numerous other specialist and architectural journals.
As an author his most acclaimed work is ‘The Football Grounds of Britain’. His two Sightlines books ‘A Stadium Odyssey’ and ‘Ciudad de los Estadios’ have both been recorded as audiobooks and read by Simon.
Andrew Baker of the Daily Telegraph wrote “Inglis is the iconoclastic historian working wonders for the story of sport in this country under the innovative patronage of English Heritage. His pocket-sized collection of ancient sporting spheroids sounds risible, but is absolutely fascinating. Inglis is becoming a living national treasure and must be encouraged at all costs.”
Ghizela Rowe interviewed Simon for Take 5; Five questions to authors and artists. With a common question we get a personal perspective on what shapes their views. 1 - What book most inspired you to be a writer? 2 - Is there a book that you wished you had written? 3 - Is there any subject that you think does not belong between the covers of a book? 4 - What book would you most want read to you? 5 - Do you think you would have been a storyteller in the days before print?