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Elsie Barker has got in over her head and has disappeared off the face of the earth. Her son Johnny, fresh out of prison and hoping to go straight, attempts to track her down only to discover that his teenage sister is missing as well. Everything points to a local gangland boss with an eye for young girls and a sideline in sex trafficking.

Will Johnny find his mother and sister before it's too late? Can he topple the perverted crime boss and save his family? And what of his ex-girlfriend who dumped him when he was inside?

Karen Woods returns with a gritty account of the sex trade; the abusers and the victims.

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Sit Down! Listen To This! by Bill Sykes

“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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INDEX

FOOTBALL

A Tale Of Two Cities by John Ludden

Centurions by Harry Harris

From The Stars by John Ludden

In My Blood by Gerry Blayney

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

Flyin High by Mike Whittaker

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

When Football Was Fun by Derek Potter

The Young Guvnors by Rodney Rhoden

FICTION

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

Osprey by Matthew Corrigan

The Carpet King of Texas by Paul Kennedy

The Devil's Dust by Brendan Yates

NON-FICTION

A Life of Inquiry
by Malcolm Norcliffe Jones

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

 

 

THE 1995-96 SEASON was one of the most remarkable in recent memory.
On the eve of Euro '96, it provided one of the most memorable title races English football has ever seen and a Cup Final more memorable for the attire of one of the teams than the match itself. It seems a strange land now as British players and managers still dominated and foreign players were limited to one or two per club.

Manchester United had won the title in 1993 and 1994 but by August 1995 fans were calling for manager Alex Ferguson's resignation following the sales of Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Andrei Kanchelskis. A defeat at Aston Villa in their first league game of the season prompted Alan Hansen to utter the immortal phrase “You can't win anything with kids” and he wasn't the only one to dismiss Ferguson's men.

With Eric Cantona still suspended following his attack on a Crystal Palace fan earlier in the year and Newcastle storming into a 10 point lead, United's young team looked anything but champions. Yet by season's end Hansen was left looking shame-faced.

Wayne Barton recalls the twists and turns of a season that saw controversy, mind games, television outbursts and the return of a legend.

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Manchester United have won every major honour available - yet for supporters of a certain vintage their favourite season of all was spent not battling for top honours but in the second flight of English football. Following a spectacular decline following the break-up of the 1968 European Cup winners, United were relegated in April 1974 and the following season was supposed to be a humiliation for the club. Instead, the reds responded by re-inventing themselves for a new era and attracting a whole new generation of supporters.

As Wayne Barton discovers, the modern day Manchester United was born during their sojourn in the second tier. From training pitch to boardroom and under the guidance of wise-cracking manager Tommy Docherty, the club moved on from a state of post-war stasis and shaped itself for the next quarter century. Without the pressure to maintain a place in the top flight, The Doc helped reinvigorate a club still struggling to come to terms with the modern era.

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BRIAN CLOUGH was a very successful football manager. By turning two medium size clubs in the east Midlands into football powerhouses he deserves his place in football history. Yet he was so much more than that... Clough's character and interaction with the people of the area, many of whom were not football fans, is almost unique.

Whether it was helping old ladies with their shopping or giving them a lift home in his car or allowing young fans in to see their idols, Cloughie always seemed to have time for those around him.

In this heart-warming appreciation, Cloughie comes across as a man of the people, someone who is still very much missed and revered particularly in Derby and Nottingham and a man who continues to influence many of those who came into contact with him decades ago.

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AS FEATURED ON BBC3'S FOOTBALL FIGHT CLUB

This is an in-depth insight into the world of football violence. It charts the rise of one of the most notorious firms of their generation, Manchester City's Blazing Squad. From 2006 to the present day, they have been involved in countless battles up and down the country. However, as their appearance on BBC TV’s ‘Football Fight Club’ proved, the tactics required to organise fights between rival football supporters have changed hugely since the mass brawls of the 1970s and 80s.

Carl Moran, star of BBC's 'Football Fight Club' explains how Blazing Squad grew from a few teenagers following their team into one of the most feared hooligan mobs of recent times.

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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.

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BY MICK MIDDLES
FOREWORD BY MARK RADCLIFFE

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.
In this unorthodox biography, legendary journalist Mick Middles draws on his thirty year friendship with Sievey to gain further insight into this most charismatic of artists. Family members, fellow musicians, fans and acquaintances help trace Chris's career from Timperley to Hollywood.

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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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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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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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TEAM HANDED

LIVE BY THE SWORD, DIE BY THE SWORD

Dawn Pritchard has a reputation but that hasn't stopped crime boss Jud Watson making her his fiancée. But Dawn has been seeing Jud's brother Larry behind his back and matters come to a head before a packed church on the day of the wedding.

With Larry in a coma and Jud locked up for assault, who will step in to take control of the Watson family business and how will the rival Morgan family react to the news?

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ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

Alice Goodman has been forbidden from entering Tavistock Square for as long as she can remember but, now aged fifteen, the place looks tempting. Will she listen to her nana's warnings and steer clear or is she destined to make the same mistakes as her drunken, violent mother?

Karen Woods returns to familiar territory for her 12th novel to weave a tale of deceit, child abuse and desperation.

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While crime boss Harry Jarvis has been languishing in jail, the Collins brothers have been steadily taking over his crime operation. Life has certainly moved on since Harry went inside. Unusual relationships have blossomed. The up and coming Collins family know Harry's time as top dog is all but over; his wife loves another man and his sons are plastic gangsters.

But when he gets out Harry has other ideas and begins a campaign to destroy his rivals by taking the Collins' lucrative cannabis trade by force setting the two families on an inevitable collision course.

Karen Woods returns to the crime ridden streets of North Manchester to produce a gripping, compulsive tale of greed and revenge.

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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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KAREN WOODS NOVELS

Bagheads

Black Tears

Broken Youth

Covering Up

Grow Wars

Northern Girls Love Gravy

Riding Solo

Sleepless in Manchester

Teabags & Tears

The Pudding Club

The Square

The Visitors

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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.


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