Welcome to a new episode of Between the Lines. This is Martin’s conversation with Matt McGinn about his excellent book Against the Elements: The Eruption of Icelandic Football. This is one of the most well researched and interesting sports books I’ve read this year and if you’ve ever wondered why Iceland have enjoyed such recent success as international tournaments, then this will tell you how it happened. And here’s a clue: it’s not just the indoor facilities. As always. the story behind the story is what we focus on as always and you’ll hear how Matt interviewed Icelandic musicians and powerlifters and even spent time aboard a fishing trawler as he sought to capture the elements of Icelandic characters which have bred their sporting success.