''Graham Taylor: In His Own Words,'' the autobiography of former England, Lincoln City, Watford and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor, will be published by Peloton Publishing on the 30th of November, with a foreword by Sir Elton.
Taylor, who passed away aged seventy-two in January, had been working on his book with journalist Lionel Birnie since 2014. Birnie worked closely on the final stages of the book with editorial director Charlotte Atyeo, who was Sports Publisher for the past ten years at Bloomsbury Publishing.
In His Own Words has been completed in line with Taylor’s wishes and with the support of his family. His widow, Rita Taylor, said: “Graham spent two years working on his book and it was very important to him to tell the story of his life and career the way he wanted to. As his family, we are so pleased that it has been possible to complete the book. We are very happy with it and we know Graham would have been proud of it too.”
The book covers Taylor’s playing days at Grimsby Town and Lincoln City and his development into one of the best young club managers in the country, first with the Imps and then with Elton’s Watford, who he guided from the Fourth Division to the top flight in a remarkable five-season run.