Teen, 19, becomes published author with Hitler book
THE football field is a place where the best of friends can become the best of enemies.
It also proved to be the inspiration for Mitchell Agg who, at the age of just 19, is already an expert on one of the 20th Century's most important, and most evil, figures.
The former Churchdown School sixth form student has just published his first book, a biography of Adolf Hitler called From Motherland To Fatherland.
And it was Mitchell's love of football that led him to his historical study.
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He said: "I was doing a lot of writing about football and I came across this fact that he bid for the 1942 World Cup. I was intrigued by this and decided to keep looking into Hitler and decided to write about him."
He started work on his tome immediately after finishing his studies in 2012, and he worked in the warehouse of The Great British Card Company in Quedgeley to earn his living while researching and writing the book.
He said: "I did most of my research on the internet and at local libraries and did the writing late at night."
After finishing the book, which took him five months to research and write, Mitchell said he then faced his toughest challenge, finding a publisher. He added: "That was the toughest part, I had to contact about 50 publishers before I found one who was interested. One of the things they particularly liked was that I'm only 19.
"It was amazing when the book was finally printed and I got to hold it in my hands for the first time. That was such a good feeling."
His book describes the life of Hitler from the son of an Austrian customs officer, to dictator who plunged the world into war.
Mitchell said: "It was fascinating to find all these things about him, I really liked digging out more facts and writing them up."
The title is a reflection of the fact that he was born an Austrian but moved to Germany and that became his Fatherland. Having published his first book at such a tender age, Mitchell has really caught the writing bug and has started on a new work.
His new book is a spy thriller featuring an arrogant British spy. said Mitchell, who lives with his parents Robert and Susan in Quedgeley.
"I thought I might feature GCHQ in it, but I'm leaving it as an ambiguous headquarters."
But his main hope is to break into writing movies.
He said: "I really admire Quentin Tarantino, his screenplay for Django is brilliant.
From Motherland to Fatherland is available from Olympia Publishers priced at £6.99.