James Montague is a journalist and author who writes for the New York Times, CNN, GQ and World Soccer. His first book When Friday Comes: Football in the War Zone won him Best New Writer at the 2009 British Sports Book of the Year Awards and has recently been updated and reissued. He was described in Sports Illustrated as 'The Indiana Jones of soccer writing.' He appears regularly on CNN as well as writing and producing regular radio shows for the BBC World Service's award winning World Football show. He grew up in Essex and has spent the past eight years reporting from the Middle East and beyond.