Published in 2015, Thirty-One Nil is a book all about the footballing underdog.
Whether it be Palestine, Syria or even Eritrea, this 336-page paperback really takes you on a journey and makes you feel a part of the action as it unfolds.
Named after Australia’s 31-0 over American Samoa 18 years ago, Montague perfectly encapsulates the euphoria surrounding the beginning of a World Cup qualification campaign.
This book caters for all. If football isn’t really your thing, the political history, current state of affairs and war-torn scenarios countries find themselves in are just as compelling.
You also delve deeper into the character of Sepp Blatter, who was famously ousted as head of FIFA not too long ago. Behind the bravado lies a man lauded by footballing minnows around the world.
The beautiful game links this book together, but it is the stories, the people and the circumstances that make this book truly special.
If you have any interest in either football, politics, or geography, this promises to be a page-turner that you just cannot put down.