Adam Carroll-Smith has taken to the Telegraph to restate his case: The Pictures Are Better On the Radio, OK? The funny, heartwarming author of Six Stickers is back in rich nostalgic territory with his latest book, a paean to childhood hours spent imagining the world outside his bedroom through wonderful old-school sports commentaries. And, Adam argues, the radio is still best.


Full of acute observations, touching anecdotes and Adam’s customary mix of deadpan and absurdist humour, the memoir effortlessly gets to the heart of what it means to be a sports obsessive, and explores why radio continues to be such a cherished medium for fans across the world.


You can follow the links at the bottom of the page to read Adam’s article in Telegraph Men – ‘Every true supporter knows that football is best on the radio’ – or to sample the first chapter of the book online.


Through personal stories both touching and amusing, The Pictures Are Better On the Radio highlights radio’s ability to torture, delight, inspire, inform and entertain the listener, wherever they may be...

  • The first sports book dedicated wholly to the way in which fans experience radio sport; previous titles by commentators and producers have only given the insider’s point of view.
  • A passionate defence of radio’s importance in an increasingly money-driven world; while everything else of value is monetised, the wireless remains free at source and egalitarian in its ability to bring sport to the people
  • Contains warm-hearted appreciation for the ongoing relevance of local radio to the fan unable to attend the stadium itself.
  • Bullish about radio’s importance position in the modern, digital world – despite the ever-growing and ever-glitzier nature of TV coverage, radio will remain relevant and vital, thanks to its ingrained place in the sporting psyche of the nation, and its unique ability to transport fans closer to the action.
  • Focuses on: The Premier League, Football League and World Cup (football); Ashes series home and abroad (cricket); Wimbledon (tennis); The Ryder Cup (golf); American Football, Athletics, local radio, and the art of sports commentary.
  • Highlights include: the story of a PE teacher surreptitiously updating Adam on the 2002 football World Cup quarter-final, during an A-Level exam; a summer spent as a barman, ignoring customers and listening to the 2005 Ashes instead; a hilarious deconstruction of the insanity and inherent comedy of radio phone-ins; romantic and nostalgic memories of listening to football under cover of darkness as a child, and much more…


Click here to read Adam’s article in Telegraph Men.


Click here for more information, or to read a sample from The Pictures Are Better On The Radio: One Man's Love Affair with Sport on the Radio.