Ben Dirs

Ben Dirs is a freelance journalist and author. He has written 21 books: We Could be Heroes: One Van, Two Blokes and Twelve World Championships (with Tom Fordyce, 2009); Karma Chameleons (with Tom Fordyce, 2010); Everywhere We Went: Top Tales from the Barmy Army (2011); The Hate Game: Benn, Eubank and Boxing’s Bitterest Rivalry (2013); and acted as the co-writer on Box to Box: From the Premier League to British Boxing Champion (by Curtis Woodhouse, 2016); Death Row – The Final Minutes (by Michelle Lyons, 2018); 401: The Extraordinary Story of the Man Who Ran 401 Marathons in 401 Days and Changed His Life Forever (by Ben Smith, 2018); Life According to Freddie Flintoff (by Andrew Flintoff, 2018); The World According to Harry (by Harry Redknapp, 2019); Break Point (by Ollie Ollerton, 2019); 999 – My Life on the Frontline of the Ambulance Service (by Dan Farnworth, 2020); What a Flanker (by James Haskell, 2020); Only Here For A Visit (by Alan Brazil, 2020), Right, Said Fred (by Andrew Flintoff, 2020), Too Many Reasons to Live (by Rob Burrow, 2021), Ruck Me – I’ve Written Another Book (by James Haskell, 2021), Lessons From the Edge (by Aldo Kane, 2021), Lifting: Becoming the World’s Strongest Brothers (by Luke and Tom Stoltman, 2022), Into the Void: From Birth to Black Sabbath – and Beyond (by Geezer Butler, 2023), Who Am I? (by Danny Cipriani, 2023), Throwing the Book (by Wayne Barnes, 2023), Does My Dog Love Me? (by Graeme Hall, 2024). Dirs was a journalist for the BBC Sport Website between 2001-2017, covering most sports but specialising in rugby and boxing. He has also written for BBC News, the Guardian, the Times, ESPN, CNN, Eurosport and Boxing News. Too Many Reasons to Live by Rob Burrow won the Sunday Times Sports Book Awards autobiography of the year and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.


Twitter: @bendirs1