Brian Reade is an award-winning journalist who writes two weekly opinion columns for the Daily Mirror. He was born in Liverpool in 1957 and began his career on the Reading Evening Post in 1980, working as a football writer and columnist at the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo before moving to the Mirror in 1994. He has been named Columnist, Sports Columnist and Feature Writer of the Year in the British Press Awards and given the Cudlipp Award for Journalistic Excellence for his campaigning on behalf of the Hillsborough families. In 2008, Reade released his first book, 44 Years With The Same Bird, documenting his life spent following Liverpool FC, which became a massive bestseller. In 2011 Quercus published another bestseller, An Epic Swindle: 44 Months with a Pair of Cowboys, which charted the doomed ownership of Liverpool FC by Hicks and Gillett. Brian is currently working on a new book about working-class heroes to be published next year by Reach Sport.