Frank Malley


Frank Malley

A journalist by profession, Frank worked as a columnist and deputy sports editor with the Daily Express for 15 years. As chief sportswriter with the Press Association for 17 years, he covered the Olympic Games, World Cup football, World Cup rugby and top events in golf, tennis, and motor racing.

Shortlisted for Columnist of the Year in the Sports Journalists’ Association awards, Frank took to writing books after becoming a freelance. Inspired by his part-time charity work transporting cancer patients for radiotherapy, Frank’s first fiction novel, When the Mist Clears, threw up a few wonderful, inspiring characters.

Published Books

Champions: The story of Manchester United’s winning season—the 26 year quest for glory (Simon & Schuster, 1993).

Living on the Deadline: The memoir of a global sportswriter (Pitch Publishing, 2014).

Simply the Best: The inside story of how Wigan became rugby’s greatest cup team (Pitch Publishing, 2017).

When the Mist Clears: A heartwarming, feel-good story of courage, friendship and love (Whisper Publishing, 2020).


Released globally on 15 May 2020

A story of courage, friendship and love

Whisper Publishing brings you Frank Malley’s debut novel—a feel-good story of courage, friendship and love. 

While receiving his Journalist of the Year award, a panic attack prompts decorated war correspondent Dan Armitage to evaluate his career. Taking a sabbatical, Dan enrols as a volunteer driver, befriending four extraordinary people thrown together by a life-threatening disease. 

Car journeys turn into laughter-filled adventures, and the five realise they share a quirky wit, soaring optimism and unexpected love for life and each other. Despite uncertainty, the defiant friends make a pact to meet up in a year—if they are still alive. During a dramatic, demanding month, Dan witnesses a savage beating, dragging him into a sinister world that has consequences for all.

Humorous, poignant and life-affirming, When the Mist Clears is a delightful, contemporary story of grit, camaraderie and love in the shadow of adversity.

Frank will donate his royalties to the Primrose Car Service (part of the Bedford Hospital Charity and Friends), for whom he works as an unpaid volunteer. The service offers free transport (a 70-mile round trip) from Bedford to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, UK, for patients undergoing radiotherapy. Approximately 2,000 patient journeys take place every year. (Source: