The Making of… The Miracle of Castel di Sangro

This final episode of this season of Between the Lines is a documentary about one of the most beloved of all sports books, Joe McGinniss’s 1999 hall-of-famer, The Miracle of Castel di Sangro.

McGinniss – an American who had previously written landmark books on US politics and true crime – read a magazine piece about an Italian team’s improbable rise to Serie B and decided to spend a year of his life embedded with them. The resulting book has it all: tragedy, crime, glory and despair, hope and disillusionment.

This special episode would not have been possible without the co-operation of Joe’s widow, Nancy Doherty. We’d love to know what you think about the podcast, and also your own thoughts and memories of this great book. Search for @BackPagePress on Twitter and Facebook.

Martin & Neil

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