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Dan Freedman in conversation with Leon Mann at Waterstones Piccadilly

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Waterstones Piccadilly is delighted to welcome Dan Freedman, author of the Jamie Johnson football series, in conversation with broadcaster, film-maker and sports consultant Leon Mann.

They will be discussing Dan’s thrilling new young adult novel, The Times Children’s Book of the Week, Unstoppable.

Unstoppable is a page-turner about sibling rivalry, family and peer pressure, sports and knife crime. The book isn’t just aimed at sports fans, but to a wider audience as the protagonists, twins Kaine and Roxy, attempt to overcome seemingly insurmountable complications and realise their aspirations – despite the shifting goalposts.

Dan and Leon will discuss the themes of the book, the importance of sport in society and the necessity of ambition and dreams for young people.

Dan Freedman is best known for his hugely popular series of Jamie Johnson football novels (Scholastic UK) which have been adapted for TV by the BBC. The third series of the Jamie Johnson TV drama finished its CBBC run in 2018, with a fourth series currently in production. The Jamie Johnson books have sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide. Before becoming an author, Dan was managing editor for The FA for seven years and has been to two World Cups as part of the official England Team group. When not writing, Dan gives talks at schools and sports clubs around the country. He has made around 2000 school visits during the last ten years and it was those experiences that inspired him to write Unstoppable.

Leon Mann is a broadcaster, film-maker and sports consultant. He has interviewed some of the biggest stars in sport - including David Beckham, Michael Jordan and Shelley-Anne Fraser-Pryce. As a film-maker he has made two critically acclaimed documentaries on Usain Bolt for the BBC. Leon also has a successful sports consultancy advising a range of athletes on how best to communicate. Away from the day jobs, Leon is a co-founder of the Football Black List, an initiative that highlights the achievements of the black community in the sport. He is also the founder of the Black Collective of Media in Sport, a networking group for black sports journalists, as well as a board member of the Sports People's Think Tank. Leon also sits on the Sports Journalist Association committee.


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