Amy Raphael has been writing about popular culture and sport for more than 25 years. Most recently she co-wrote Steve Coogan’s autobiography, ‘Easily Distracted’ and worked with David Hare on his memoir, ‘The Blue Touch Paper’. Her previous books include the official biographies of Danny Boyle and Mike Leigh, alongside 1995’s seminal ‘Never Mind the Bollocks: Women Rewrite Rock’ (with a foreword by Debbie Harry).

As a journalist, Amy has interviewed around a thousand pop culture icons, including Kurt Cobain at 2am in New York, after an insurrectionary gig at Roseland; Patti Smith in Paris for an unexpected and quite astonishing 24 hours; George Best in Belfast, when he finally remembered to turn up; Bobby Robson at the Nou Camp while he was managing Barcelona; Christopher Walken on a dodgy phone line that kept going dead; Philip Seymour Hoffman in a greasy spoon in New York and myriad others from Bill Bailey to Bill Nighy, from Ian Rankin to George Pelecanos, from Gerald Scarfe to Sir Peter Blake.

 Previous staff jobs include features editor of both The Face and Elle, followed by over five years as both editor-at-large and sports editor of Esquire. Amy has also written for, amongst others, the Observer, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Times, the Financial Times, the Radio Times, the NME, Rolling Stone, Red magazine and Sight and Sound.