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Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy; he has worked for the Guardian in London and Rio de Janeiro, where he was the paper's foreign correspondent. He writes a regular puzzle column in the Guardian, and presents documentaries on BBC Radio 4. He is the author of a number of books which have sold more than a million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages.

The first of these was the critically acclaimed book about Brazilian football — Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life (2002) — which was updated and republished in 2014. His second — Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches From The Wonderful World of Mathematics (2010) — was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and was followed by Alex Through the Looking Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life (2014). He has also written a series of popular puzzle books — including Can You Solve My Problems?: Ingenious, Perplexing, and Totally Satisfying Math and Logic Puzzles (2016) and The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book: Lexical Perplexities and Cracking Conundrums From Across the Globe (2021) — and the much-loved children's books, Football School. 

Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches From The Wonderful World of Mathematics

Bloomsbury
Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches From The Wonderful World of Mathematics

Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

Bloomsbury
Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

Alex Through the Looking Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Bloomsbury
Alex Through the Looking Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Football School: Where Football Explains the World

Walker Books
Football School: Where Football Explains the World

Can You Solve My Problems? A Casebook of Ingenious, Perplexing and Totally Satisfying Puzzles

Can You Solve My Problems? A Casebook of Ingenious, Perplexing and Totally Satisfying Puzzles

Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World

Walker Books
Football School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World

Football School: The Amazing Quiz Book

Walker Books
Football School: The Amazing Quiz Book

Football School Season 3: Where Football Explains the World

Walker Books
Football School Season 3: Where Football Explains the World

Football School: Star Players

Walker Books
Football School: Star Players

So You Think You've Got Problems? Surprising and Rewarding Puzzles to Sharpen Your Mind

Faber & Faber
So You Think You've Got Problems? Surprising and Rewarding Puzzles to Sharpen Your Mind

Football School: The Incredible Joke Book

Walker Books
Football School: The Incredible Joke Book

Football School Season 4: Where Football Explains the World

Walker Books
Football School Season 4: Where Football Explains the World

The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book: Lexical Perplexities and Cracking Conundrums From Across the Globe

Guardian Faber Publishing
The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book: Lexical Perplexities and Cracking Conundrums From Across the Globe

The Football School Encyclopedia

Walker Books
The Football School Encyclopedia

Football School: The Ultimate Puzzle Book

Walker Books
Football School: The Ultimate Puzzle Book

Football School: Epic Heroes

Walker Books
Football School: Epic Heroes

Football School: Terrific Teams

Walker Books
Football School: Terrific Teams

Football School: The Greatest Ever Quiz Book

Walker Books
Football School: The Greatest Ever Quiz Book