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Charlotte and Rico have been brought up apart but when Francesca moves back to Manchester the two seem set on a collision course.

Meanwhile, Misty's mother Lisa has died and her ex-boyfriend's brother Tom is blackmailing her family. She hits the bottle but is it all down to grief?

In the long-awaited conclusion to Broken Youth and Black Tears, Karen Woods weaves a brutal family tale of betrayal, secrets and murder with a shocking twist.





A Tale Of Two Cities by John Ludden

BRIAN CLOUGH by Steve Brookes

Centurions by Harry Harris

Football Wizard - The Billy Meredith Story by John Harding

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

Teenage Kicks by Phill Gatenby

The Complete Eric Cantona
by Darren Phillips

The Forgotten Legends
by Charbel Boujaoude,
Iain Mccartney & Frank Colbert

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


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



Black Tears

Broken Youth

Covering Up

Grow Wars

Northern Girls Love Gravy

Riding Solo

Sleepless in Manchester

Teabags & Tears

Team Handed

The Lane

The Pudding Club

The Square

The Visitors

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A Life of Inquiry
by Malcolm Norcliffe Jones

Blazing Squad by Carl Moran

Don't Look Back in Anger
by Cafrl Spiers

by Mick Middles

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

Sit Down! Listen To This!
by Bill Sykes

The Diary of a Mother...
by Caroline Burch

The Two Faces of Lee Harvey Oswald by Glenn Fleming




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'Raw and highly original' - Ian Herbert, Daily Mail

As a homegrown player with a taste for spectacular goals, Clayton Blackmore was a fan favourite for Manchester United long before he secured cult status with his tremendous form in the club's famous 1990/91 season. His clearance off the line in the Cup Winners' Cup Final against Barcelona being just as crucial as his long range efforts which helped to get United there.

After becoming one of the few remaining players from the entertaining sides of the 80s to get his hands on a League winner's medal, Clayton's career was interrupted at its peak by injury before he left with Bryan Robson to lead a revolution up at Middlesbrough, in a controversial spell at the Riverside which included Brazilian superstars and Premier League points deductions.

A true legend of Welsh football, Clayton Blackmore's is a unique story of one of the most famous rebuilding periods in football history, packed with anecdotes.

Ghost writer Wayne Barton has worked with numerous Manchester United legends and was described by the Independent in 2015 as 'the leading writer' on the club.

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If you ever see a man sketching unsuspecting members of the public, it might well be cartoonist Rob Martin.

An acute observer of British life, Rob has travelled the length and breadth of Britain capturing recognisable characters in bizarre, every day circumstances. What emerges is a land peopled by angry pensioners, phone obsessives and the massively obese.

Rob has selected 158 of his favourite drawings to capture Britain at a time of tedium, crisis and incredulity.

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Morrissey is a cult. But what drives fans' devotion? What makes them trek halfway round the world to catch his shows in the US or South America when he is playing in their city a few months later?

Why do they fight over pieces of his shirt, thrown each night into the crowd? Is this healthy? Should they seek help? Is Moz messianic or does he calculatedly whip the mob into a frenzy to maintain his status?

And what of Morrissey's own adolescence and his obsessions with 50s rock 'n' rollers and stars such as Bowie and Patti Smith.

Morrissey devotee (and proud owner of an intact Moz shirt) Matt Jacobson examines his own obssession and that of his fellow fans to discover the lengths some will go to, to catch sight of their demi-god.

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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.



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.



“Each one of the punches that landed put me in a different place; a club, a pub, a brothel -
scattered memories of crazy nights out,
flashing images; the whiskey, cocaine and the countless girls... What the hell was I thinking?”

Michael Gomez was a talented featherweight with the world at his feet but his meteoric rise through the world rankings was derailed by his activities outside the ring.

If his life had been fictionalised, people would believe it far-fetched; he was charged (and later acquitted) of murder, spent 48 seconds clinically dead after being stabbed, attempted suicide and saw his long-suffering wife finally give up the ghost and leave him.

Perhaps the question should be how he is still here at all...

Acclaimed sports writer John Ludden has brought to vivid life Gomez's dramatic life and ghost written one of the most compelling stories in British sporting history.





Harpur Murray is devastated when her heroin addict brother Brady commits suicide. But why can't her mother talk about the night her son died?

Meanwhile, an internet romance with an old fl ame makes her question if she ever really loved her husband, Neil. Was he just a safe rebound following a violent relationship?

In Karen Woods' labyrinthine Mancunian thriller, Harpur's family seem to hold the secrets to her son's death but will she ever learn the truth?





While Mikey Milne is locked up, his shoplifter mother Rachel is forced to fend for herself. Her life is soon in danger when menacing local gangster Davo fi nds out that Mikey ripped him off for £10,000 and gives her 48 hours to pay up.

Mikey's girlfriend Sarah is from a nicer part of town; as green as grass, she doesn't seem to realise the extent of her boyfriend's involvement with local gangsters or that her well-connected family have threatened to have him bumped off if he ever goes near her again. She's smitten with him and hopes he can change...

In Karen Woods 15th novel, prison walls can't keep the outside world at bay forever as dark family secrets come back to haunt fearless Mikey Milne.




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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