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    Title: A Northern Childhood
    Sub-title: Growing Up in Oldham Before the War
    By (author): Audrey Evans
    ISBN10-13: 1909360554 : 9781909360556
    Audrey Evans grew up in Oldham, She is a retired lecturer and has a Ph.D. These are stories of her childhood, from before and after the Second World War. Some have been previously published in The Oldham Chronicle in the 1970's.
    Pages: 76  Size: 180x110mm 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - December   2017
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Social & cultural history : Second World War : Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside
    List Price: 5.99 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 2
    Title: 1 of: 106
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    Title: Amazing Sports Quiz Book
    Sub-title: Over 5000 Questions
    By (author): Frank Brockett
    ISBN10-13: 1901746097 : 9781901746099
    Frank Brockett makes his living compiling pub quizzes. Now he passes on his extensive knowledge in book form. For instance, which footballer won the League and Cup Double, the World Cup and £17,000 on a gambling machine on the ferry home? Or how about the number Michael Caine wore in Escape to Victory? With over 5,000 sporting teasers there's enough here to baffle your friends, stump your enemies and confound the pub know-it-all. You could even start your own pub quiz and give Frank some serious competition. Take him on, if you think you're hard enough!
    Pages: 202  Size: 150x210mm 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - December   1999
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Trivia & quiz question books : Sports & outdoor recreation
    List Price: 6.99 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 2
    Title: 2 of: 106
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    Title: Atkinson For England
    Sub-title: A Tale of Mistaken Identity, the England National Team & Plumbing
    By (author): Gary James, Mark Brown
    ISBN10-13: 1901746178 : 9781901746174
    With only 10 days to go before England's crucial World Cup Qualifier against Germany, national manager Glenn Gould resigns, blaming Brendon Fendon, the FA's Machiavellian chief executive, of taking an unhealthy interest in team affairs. A shortlist of temporary replacement managers is drawn up -- the instant favourite is Ron Atkinson. Brendan Fendon leaves for Brazil to attend a career-enhancing FIFA conference on the elasticity of corner flags. Meanwhile, Nottingham plumber and Sunday League manager Reg Atkinson is concerned that his tender for the undersoil heating contract at the new Wembley stadium will be lost in the latest crisis to hit the England team. But he is soon reassured by a call from the FA asking him to an interview. Reg quickly hones his knowledge of the Swedish undersoil heating system and heads for London. After a swift selection process, Brendan Fendon's stand-in Sir Richard Scratcher appoints Atkinson and calls a press conference to announce the new England boss. But, as the mass media soon discover, the man taking the stage isn't Ron but Reg who has signed a multi-million pound contract to take charge of the national team. The press have a field day, but Brendan Fendon is none the wiser as his delayed flight from Rio lands at Heathrow. When the truth dawns he realises the only way out is to force Reg to resign by preventing all England's stars from playing against Germany. What does Reg do now? If he resigns he'll lose his money, but if he continues, England will be forced to forfeit the match and Germany will surely qualify. The press are camped outside Reg's humble semi in Nottingham, he's suffered a mysterious break-in and his plumbing business and the future of English football look like going down the pan. . .
    Pages: 340  Size: 110x180mm 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - December   2002
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Football (Soccer, Association football)
    List Price: 4.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 3 of: 106
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    Title: Back from the Brink
    Sub-title: Manchester United Crisis, 1919-1932
    By (author): Justin Blundell
    ISBN10-13: 190174647X : 9781901746471
    The twenty-odd years that separated the First World War from the Second World War have often been referred to as the long weekend. This book follows the fortunes of Manchester United from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. It is the story of how a pre-war giant fell asleep and very nearly did not wake up again. It is the story of record highs and record lows, of protests, punch-ups and revolts, of heroes, villains, wizards and saviours, of great escapes and even greater cock-ups, of joy and pain, tragedy and despair. Amazingly, it is a story that has never properly been told before. Hopefully, it has been now. 'Back from the Brink' chronicles the departure of the father of Manchester United, John Henry Davies and the arrival of its saviour and inspiration James Gibson. The debt modern United fans owe these two men cannot be underestimated. Had it not been for Davies there would be no Manchester United -- when Newton Heath were bankrupted in 1902 he changed the name of the club, found them a new stadium and injected the style and panache now associated with the club throughout the football world. As for Gibson, he took a floundering club playing before dwindling support and introduced such notions as corporate hospitality, the tracksuit manager and a youth system as early as 1931. Thus Gibson paved the way for Busby and Ferguson -- yet this tale concentrates on an era before glory and Manchester United became inextricably linked. As United fans approach another era of uncertainty regarding their club, "Back from the Brink" is the first proper examination of a period during which the club won nothing but laid the groundwork for the club's post-war success.
    About The Author:
    First-time author Justin Blundell has written extensively on Manchester United before having contributed to a United history magazine that was published a few years ago called 'Legends'. It was while he researched articles for this publication that he during realised that it was interesting, had not really been touched before and would make a nice change from reading all the usual history of the club concerning Messrs. Busby and Ferguson. Justin hails from Greater Manchester although now he resides in London which means he faces a lengthy trip for home games.
    Pages: 480  Size: 130x200mm  Illustrations: 50+ b/w illus 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - January   2007
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Football (Soccer, Association football)
    List Price: 10.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 4 of: 106
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    Title: Bagheads
    By (author): Karen Woods
    ISBN10-13: 1901746879 : 9781901746877
    Shaun was always a child who demanded more than life could give. His mother's struggle began when she became a single parent, leaving her abusive husband behind. Unable to cope without the family unit, Shaun turns to a life of crime and drugs and eventually ends up in the care system. Karen Woods' fourth novel sees her return to familiar territory to craft an indictment of modern society that will pull on your heartstrings.
    About The Author:
    Mother of four Karen Woods uses her experiences of growing up on a Manchester council estate in her writing. Having left school with no qualifications, Karen spent her formative years raising children and suffering domestic abuse. This is her twelth novel. Since taking up writing Karen has been snapped up by a leading literary agent and her first novel, Broken Youth, was performed as a play at Salford's Lowry Theatre in June 2013. Another of her novels, 'Teabags and Tears' hit the stage in January 2014. She is currently working on a screenplay for Grow Wars.
    Pages: 224  Size: 180x110mm 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - March   2012
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 8.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 5 of: 106
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    Title: Bang Up
    By (author): Karen Woods
    ISBN10-13: 1909360430 : 9781909360433
    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 finds 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 does not 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.
    About The Author:
    Mother of four Karen Woods uses her experiences of growing up on a Manchester council estate in her writing. Having left school with no qualifications, Karen spent her formative years raising children and suffering domestic abuse. This is her twelth novel. Since taking up writing Karen has been snapped up by a leading literary agent and her first novel, Broken Youth, was performed as a play at Salford's Lowry Theatre in June 2013. Another of her novels, 'Teabags and Tears' hit the stage in January 2014. She is currently working on a screenplay for Grow Wars.
    Pages: 320  Size: 180x110mm 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - September   2016
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 8.95 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 20
    Title: 6 of: 106
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    Title: Beautiful Child
    Sub-title: A DCI Sara Hoyland Mystery
    By (author): David Menon
    ISBN10-13: 1901746895 : 9781901746891
    Canon Brendan O' Farrell of Holy Saints Catholic Church, Salford, is nearing retirement when a series of gruesome murders takes place among his congregation. In this, the second of David Menon's DCI Sara Hoyland mysteries, the trail of clues raises questions that may be a little too close to home for comfort for the investigating officers.
    About The Author:
    David Menon works as an events organiser and his political views have influenced his writing. Born and brought up in Derbyshire mainly in the north-west for the last few years, David's life has been unorthodox: he never met his father and was estranged by his mother at the age of seven to be brought up by his maternal grandmother. David now splits his time between France and Manchester. In the past he has stood (unsuccessfully) as a Labour candidate for parliament and lists his claims to fame thus, "I once made a cheese sandwich for the actress Julia Roberts, and I told the actor Matt Damon that he was brilliant in a particular film to which he replied that it was actually Leonardo Di Caprio who was in it and not him!"
    Pages: 288  Size: 215x140mm 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - May   2013
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Crime & mystery
    List Price: 7.95 Pounds Sterling
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    Title: 7 of: 106
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    Title: Black Tears
    By (author): Karen Woods
    ISBN10-13: 1901746720 : 9781901746723
    With evil Gordon locked up in Strangeways for 5 years, the characters from Karen Woods' debut novel 'Broken Youth' come to terms with life without him. Misty, now married to Dominic, gives birth to Gordon's child, Charlotte. Her former best friend Francesca also gives birth to one of Gordon's children, Rico, while staying with Gordon's heroin addicted brother Tom. Meanwhile, as the clock ticks down on his sentence, Gordon broods on the injustice of his situation and plots sweet revenge on those on the outside.
    About The Author:
    Mother of four Karen Woods uses her experiences of growing up on a Manchester council estate in her writing. Having left school with no qualifications, Karen spent her formative years raising children and suffering domestic abuse. This is her twelth novel. Since taking up writing Karen has been snapped up by a leading literary agent and her first novel, Broken Youth, was performed as a play at Salford's Lowry Theatre in June 2013. Another of her novels, 'Teabags and Tears' hit the stage in January 2014. She is currently working on a screenplay for Grow Wars.
    Reviews:
    Karen Woods was featured in The Mirror on 19 March 2011.

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    Pages: 345  Size: 110x180mm 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - November   2010
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    List Price: 8.95 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 10
    Title: 8 of: 106
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    Title: Blazing Squad
    Sub-title: The Inside Story of Man City's Young Hooligans
    By (author): Carl Moran
    ISBN10-13: 1909360376 : 9781909360372
    Manchester City's 'Blazing Squad' is one of a number of young gangs who prove the truth of that statement. As their infamous appearance on BBC Television proved, the tactics required to organise fights between rival football supporters have changed hugely since the mass of the 1970s and 80s. The advent of high ticket prices and all-seater stadia has forced a whole generation of younger supporters out of football grounds in favour of tourists and corporate fans, as a consequence violence within grounds has all but died out. Modern day policing techniques and the advent of spotters and Tactical Aid Units have forced the modern day hooligan to arrange 'meets' with rival fans, typically in areas well away from grounds and often with supporters whose team are not even in action that day. The Blazing Squad are one of this new breed of football firm -- small in number but ready to travel all over the country to fight their rivals. Carl Moran, star of BBC's 'Football Fight Club' explains how they grew from a few teenagers following their team into one of the most feared hooligan firms of recent times.
    About The Author:
    Carl Moran is from Whitefield, Manchester. A lifelong Manchester City supporter, Carl's first brush with football violence came when he was just 16. He was, at this stage, an unlicensed boxer and turned down the opportunity to turn professional so he could continue building up 'Blazing Squad'. In 2013, the BBC made a documentary about him and a new film is currently being filmed updating the exploits of many of the characters of that film. With the number of banning orders and prison sentences handed down The Blazing Squad is not as active as it once was however, as Carl makes clear, "there are always new lads coming through".
    Pages: 256  Size: 200x130mm  Illustrations: 8 photos 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - July   2015
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Football (Soccer, Association football)
    List Price: 9.95 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 45
    Title: 9 of: 106
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    Title: Blue Tomorrow?
    Sub-title: The Football, Finance & Future of Chelsea Football Club
    By (author): Mark Meehan
    ISBN10-13: 190174616X : 9781901746167
    From its formation in 1905, Chelsea have been regarded as the most glamorous of clubs. Visitors to the Bridge have included Hollywood actresses, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers and even an American Secretary of State complete with Secret Service entourage. But while famous names seem attracted to Chelsea's proximity to London's West End, the team has often disappointed. More recently Chelsea have become one of the most successful of the new breed of Premiership clubs. Under Bates, Stamford Bridge has become home to 39 businesses ranging from travel agencies to banks, restaurants and hotels to insurance companies, with the express aim of insuring his football club against the inconsistencies and dangerous internal feuding that have hamstrung previous chairmen. Over the past 6 years Chelsea has undergone a revolution, but along with ‘progress' has come rampant commercialism -- as one Chelsea fan noted, ‘loyalty is measured by how much you can spend rather than how much you care. The life-long emotional bond that forms between a football club and its supporters is now almost a weakness, there to be exploited by the money-drunk millionaires that have taken over our sacred game'. Life-long Chelsea fan Mark Meehan discovers a club in a hurry: an ageing chairman frantic to win the championship before he retires, a club facing mounting debts, an expensively assembled playing staff and a new manager brought in because the old one could only deliver five trophies in three seasons. Clearly, nearly 20 years after assuming control, Ken Bates is still chasing his elusive "Blue Tomorrow" -- but, as Meehan discovers, he is in danger of losing control of his own club with potentially disastrous consequences.
    Pages: 269  Size: 150x210mm  Illustrations: b/w photos 
    PublishedEmpire Publications (UK) - December   2002
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Football (Soccer, Association football)
    List Price: 9.99 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 6
    Title: 10 of: 106

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