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BILLY MEREDITH was one of football’s most extraordinary and controversial characters. Ninety years after his last match, his name is still one of soccer’s most famous. Born at Chirk, Denbighshire, in 1874, Meredith began work as a coal-miner when he was just twelve before his breathtaking soccer skills brought him to the notice of English clubs.

 

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S-172:
LEE HARVEY OSWALD'S
LINKS TO INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES

BY GLENN B. FLEMING

OUT 18TH NOVEMBER 2013

Over the past half century, opinion has been divided as to the role of Lee Harvey Oswald in the assassination of President John F Kennedy. The rumours that the accused assassin may have been working for or was manipulated by the United States Intelligence apparatus began to spread almost as soon as he was arrested.
The evidence raised two as yet unanswered questions: how had a former US Marine been able to enter and exit the Soviet Union so easily? Was he a double agent or the fall guy for a wider plot?
In the half century since, perhaps the most tantalising piece of evidence has been largely overlooked. Congressman (and future president) Gerald R Ford, who served as a Warren Commission member in 1964. revealed in his 1965 book ‘Oswald: Portrait of the Assassin’, that the FBI had an ‘undercover agent' in Dallas at the time of the assassination and that that agent (official code S-172) was none other than Lee Harvey Oswald.
Fifty years on mystery still surrounds the events of the 22nd November 1963 and the confused aftermath. Here acclaimed author Glenn Fleming seeks to answer the two most asked questions in the whole JFK assassination: Who was Lee Harvey Oswald and what was his role on that fateful day?

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INDEX

FOOTBALL

A Tale Of Two Cities by John Ludden

Centurions by Harry Harris

In Search Of The Double - Sunderland AFC 1912-13 by Mark Metcalfe

Manchester United '19' by Harry Harris

Old Trafford by Iain McCartney

The Complete Eric Cantona by Darren Phillips

The Red Eye by David Blatt

The Roman Conquest - Chelsea FC Champions of Europe 2012 by Harry Harris

The Story of the Green & Gold by Charbel Boujaoude

When Football Was Fun by Derek Potter

The Young Guvnors by Rodney Rhoden

FICTION

KAREN WOODS

Broken Youth

Black Tears

Northern Girls Love Gravy

Bagheads

Teabags & Tears

The Visitors

DCI SARA HOYLAND MYSTERIES
BY DAVID MENON

Fall From Grace

Beautiful Child

Outside The Rain

OTHER NOVELS

Atkinson for England by Gary James & Mark Brown

One More Time by Mick Dilworth

The Carpet King of Texas by Paul Kennedy

The Devil's Dust by Brendan Yates

NON-FICTION

Don't Look Back in Anger by Cafrl Spiers

George Best & Me by Malcolm Wagner

Manchester Musical History Tour by Craig Gill & Phill Gatenby

Morrissey's Manchester by Phill Gatenby

The Man Who Said 'No' to The Beatles by Pete Maclaine

Sully - Grafting For England by Tony Sullivan

Sully - The Football Thug Who Didn't Give a F**k by Tony Sullivan

BY CHARBEL BOUJAOUDE, IAIN MCCARTNEY & FRANK COLBERT

Let us take a nostalgic trip back in time to the age of Harry Stafford, Charlie Roberts, Sandy Turnbull, Joe Spence, Johnny Carey and Jack Rowley. These were the greats who made Manchester United great; legends for their immense contribution both on and off the pitch but now consigned to history.

There are no shrines or statues to these players at Old Trafford yet without them, other legends might never have emerged, indeed the club itself might not exist. The Forgotten Legends brings to vivid life the careers of an elite set of footballers. They had two things in common: all made their United debuts before the start of the Second World War and none of them have had their story told in print before.

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Set in Manchester in the aftermath of the 2010 General Election, OSPREY is a scathing satirical that lifts the lid on local government’s love affair with green energy.

Matthew Corrigan’s debut novel is a must for any council tax payer who has pondered wasteful council initiatives.

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SIR ALEX FERGUSON has dominated English football for over 26 years. Now, having decided to call it a day, 20/13 pays tribute to the man's remarkable achievements by recounting each of Manchester United's 20 title triumphs from the Edwardian era to the present day and the 13 titles won by Sir Alex during his United reign.

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THERE WASN'T MUCH TO CHEER about for Manchester City fans during the mid-1980s. The only relief from the gloom came in the form of a talented crop of youngsters that arrived at the club from 1983 onwards. Fourteen teenagers who would go on to accomplish something supporters had waited 33 years to achieve.

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When her mother takes her own life after her father leaves, therapist Marcy Jordan vows to open a clinic aiding the broken-hearted. Although helping her clients proves therapeutic, Marcy quickly becomes embroiled in their lives: Harry and Grace have been left by cheating spouses and Amanda has lost her husband to a motorcycle accident.

In Karen Woods' ninth novel, she weaves a tale of lost love, deception and betrayal. But will the characters finally be able to move on with their lives?

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The unexplained death of Kendal Wilson's mother hangs over her family like a dark, brooding cloud while the identity of her father remains a mystery her mother Mary took to her grave. Yet the secrets of Mary's death lie in a hidden diary she left behind.

Unable to read or write, Kendal becomes trapped in a relationship with violent local gangster Scott while the discovery of the diary leads on her on a journey of self-discovery with dramatic consequences.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Mother of four Karen Woods uses her experiences growing up on a Manchester council estate in her writing. Having left school with no qualifications, she spent her formative years raising children and suffering domestic abuse.

Karen has been snapped up by a leading literary agent and her first novel, Broken Youth, was staged at the Lowry Theatre, Salford in June 2013. She was recently awarded the Learning for Work Individual Award for 2013.

 

OTHER NOVELS BY KAREN WOODS

Broken Youth

Black Tears

Northern Girls Love Gravy

Bagheads

Teabags & Tears

The Visitors


 

£18.95 - hardback - 448 pp - over 50 images -
Published: 17th July 2012

“In his own way, he was more
influential than John Peel. ”
MARTIN DEMPSEY

“Without Roger Eagle there would be no Manchester music scene”
JOHN ROBB

“The godfather of British soul”
C.P. LEE PHD

Roger Eagle was a towering figure in British popular music. Uniquely, his influence straddled the cultural divide separating Manchester and Liverpool. The task of unifying the musical talents of these two cultural hubs has proved beyond almost everyone. The sole exception is the subject of this book – a man whose influence can still be felt today, 13 years after his death.

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"He was just a manager's dream" TOMMY DOCHERTY

"Brian was under-rated, he gave 100% wherever he played for England or Manchester United."
SAMMY McILROY

“Brian worked well with Martin [Buchan]. Martin was cool headed but Brian was the enforcer, disciplining the rest of the team.”
GORDON HILL

One of the last youngsters scouted by Matt Busby, Brian Greenhoff joined the newly crowned European champions just weeks after their emotional Wembley triumph in 1968. He went on to make 268 appearances for the club scoring 17 goals winning a Second Division championship medal in 1974-75 and an FA Cup winner’s medal in 1976-77. "GREENHOFF!" is the story of one of United's best loved sons.

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"Iconic Scally Book"
SALFORD STAR

"A book that should be
read by every politician"
BIG ISSUE

"I love the cheek of the guy"
IAN BROWN

“It was our national sport, everybody shared it, and it was cheap, especially if your motto was ‘To Pay Is To Fail’”
CASS PENNANT

Colin Blaney's 'Grafters', originally published in 2004, was a ground-breaking exposť of the links between criminal gangs and football hooliganism. In the intervening period the book and the phrase have become part of the lexicon, defining a generation of professional thieves who used the cover of their fellow football fans to earn a fortune.

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