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'OUT OF HIS HEAD'

THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN AN ARTIST quite like Chris Sievey or his 'fantastic' comedic alter ego, Frank Sidebottom. Whether pushing for chart action while fronting his former band The Freshies or allowing the bombastic Sidebottom to wreak anarchy and chaos on television, radio or with the Oh Blimey Big Band, Sievey's mischievous muse seemed to obey no boundaries. Yet it was only after Chris's untimely demise in 2010 that the extent of his influence became fully apparent.
The emergence of Jon Ronson's film, 'Frank', Steve Sullivan's exhaustive documentary 'Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story' and the bizarre erection of the Frank Sidebottom statue in his native Timperley last October - before 2,000 devotees - all combined to make this the most extraordinary stories of recent decades.
In this unorthodox biography, legendary journalist Mick Middles draws on his thirty year friendship with Sievey to gain further insight this most charismatic of artists. Family members, fellow musicians, fans and acquaintances help trace Chris's career from Timperley to Hollywood.

HARDBACK DUE: AUTUMN 2014

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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

S-172: Lee Harvey Oswald's Links to Intelligence Agencies by Glenn B Fleming

Sully - Grafting For England by Tony Sullivan

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

 

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Caroline Burch experienced every parent's worst nightmare when her son Elliot was diagnosed with cancer aged just six months old. To document her experiences she kept a diary detailing the ups and downs of her son's treatment and the emotional anguish of their situation from diagnosis to remission.

Almost ten years later, and with Elliot happily recovered from the condition that threatened his life, Caroline looks back at the traumatic months when there appeared to be no end in sight to the misery. Caroline's story is proof positive that there is life after cancer and a tribute to the tireless work of the individuals who help parents and their children emerge from their nightmare.

A £1 donation will be made to
Macmillan Cancer Support for every copy sold.

 

FROM THE STARS

SIR MATT BUSBY AND THE DECLINE
OF MANCHESTER UNITED 1968-74

A NOVEL BY JOHN LUDDEN

On the 29th May 1968 Manchester United won the European Cup, just six years later they were relegated from Division One by one of their own, Denis Law.
In his debut novel, acclaimed football writer John Ludden recounts the decline through the eyes of Sir Matt Busby, at once the hero and villain of the piece. How could a man regarded as 'Mr Manchester United' preside over such a sharp decline?
'From The Stars' is a tale of a football family torn apart by greed, jealousy, conceit and complacency. The 1968 triumph was illusory, a gift from the Gods perhaps. Could it be that Manchester United had, in fact, never stopped falling since the Munich air disaster of 1958?

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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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By JOHN HARDING

FOREWORD BY GORDON TAYLOR OBE

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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BY CHARBEL BOUJAOUDE,
IAIN MCCARTNEY & FRANK COLBERT

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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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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After a failed marriage Rebecca Rooks has returned to comfort eating. Now she is overweight and she knows it. To make matters worse her best friend Gemma (who used to be a fellow fatty) has slimmed down, showing admirable self-control in the cake department.
Rebecca decides to make a change in her life and join first a slimming club and, later, a fitness camp but a hidden truth soon emerges to shatter her hard won self-confidence.
Karen Woods' tenth novel is a tale of friendship, betrayal and too much chocolate.

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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

Covering Up


 

£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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