Aussie sports journalist Steve Mascord sets himself the task of attending a game and a gig every week for 52 weeks to decide if his obsessions are worthy or worthless. The most basic aspects of life are up for review as he criss-crosses the globe, assessing the relevance of rugby league and hard rock, the foibles of modern journalism and nature of fame. Does growing up mean abandoning our dreams?
The story of Paul Ingle - aka 'The Yorkshire Hunter' - is one of tough northern English roots, ambition, glory, tragedy and ultimately hope. After an IBF featherweight world title win over Manuel Medina, Ingle came off the Madison Square Garden canvas to stop Junior Jones in an epic for the IBO belt. Then disaster struck. This is the tale of a fighter whose fiercest battle came outside the ring.
In All the Wrong Notes, Dave Hadfield offers a humorous and provocative insight into the world of folk music, His sure ear for the scene’s quirks and eccentricities produces unique takes on major figures like Bob Dylan, Ewan MacColl and Leonard Cohen. This is an ideal folk primer for anyone new to the genre and an entertaining ramble for those who know their gimbri from their mandolin.
Freddie 'Parrotface’ Davies was a superstar of British television, radio and variety theatre before, in the twilight of a packed career, he began to act in films such as the cult classic Funny Bones, alongside Lee Evans and Jerry Lewis. With a foreword by Ken Dodd, this unique autobiography is a poignant and hilarious evocation of a vanished world and a rich nostalgic treat for comedy connoisseurs
The Woman Without a Number is the inspirational story of holocaust survivor Iby Knill, whose early childhood was spent in Czechoslovakia before her parents - alarmed at the persecution of Jews in Germany - smuggled her over the border to Hungary. Caught by the Security Police, Iby was then imprisoned, tortured and sent to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, but lived to tell her remarkable tale.
PC David Watson was a policeman of the old school. He patrolled the towns and cities of England's north by car and on foot, where a fight against crime lurked around every corner. Until, one day, disaster struck.
Out of the Blue is an inspiritational inside take on policing at the sharp end - the dangers, the frustrations, the thrills and dark humour. Policing the streets was only the start...
Rugby league prop forward Lee Crooks was an archetypal blood and guts firebrand front-rower. His autobiography, From Hull to Hell and Back, is by turns confessional and controversial, moving and occasionally hilarious. This is the colourful story of a modern-day rugby league maverick. Think you know Lee Crooks? Think again!