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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 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.
Yet Chris found difficulty in being Frank. The people whose careers he helped begin or inspire: Chris Evans, Mark Radcliffe, Caroline Aherne, Steve Coogan, Jon Ronson to name a few - all went on to a achieve a degree of fame and fortune that Chris never managed.
That said, Frank was so successful, compared to his other projects, that Chris often seemed estranged from his own comic creation...
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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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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
KAREN WOODS NOVELS
Northern Girls Love Gravy
Teabags & Tears
The Pudding Club
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?
£18.95 - hardback -
448 pp - over 50 images -
Published: 17th July
“In his own way, he
influential than John Peel. ”
Eagle there would be no Manchester music scene”
“The godfather of
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.
was just a manager's dream" TOMMY DOCHERTY
under-rated, he gave 100% wherever he played for England or Manchester
worked well with Martin [Buchan]. Martin was cool headed but Brian was
the enforcer, disciplining the rest of the team.”
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.
"Iconic Scally Book"
book that should be
read by every
love the cheek of the guy"
“It was our
national sport, everybody shared it, and it was cheap, especially if
your motto was ‘To Pay Is To Fail’”
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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