NEWS: Front cover of Keith Senior’s book revealed

Rugby League Books can reveal the full front cover of Keith Senior’s upcoming autobiography The Bald Truth.

As you can see, golfer Lee Westwood has written the foreword to what promises to be one of the best selling rugby league titles of 2011.

Co-author Peter Smith of the Yorkshire Evening Post has been hard at work all year long.

We can’t wait to see the finished result.

Keith Senior: The Bald Truth

Keith Senior: The Bald Truth

FEATURE: Full steam ahead, insists Scratching Shed boss as book publisher celebrates its third birthday

From Hull to Hell and back... Lee Crooks' autobiography

From Hull to Hell and back... Lee Crooks' autobiography

Scratching Shed Publishing is approaching its third birthday, with co-director Tony Hannan telling Rugby League Books that there will be no let up in the company’s prolific output of rugby league titles.

Lee Crooks’ autobiography, From Hull to Hell and back, is among the books Scratching Shed are set to release in the imminent future.

And Hannan, who along with colleague Phil Caplan has helped to establish Scratching Shed, is busily preparing the company’s next moves after their recent launch of Forty-20, a new monthly rugby league magazine.

Hannan said: “If we’d have known we’d be where we are now when we first launched Scratching Shed then we’d have been very happy, because we’re still going for one thing. That’s an achievement in itself bearing in mind the market we’re in and the ongoing recession. [Read more…]

REVIEW: A Welshman in Halifax: Garfield Owen – rugby footballer, by Andrew Hardcastle

A Welshman in Halifax, by Andrew Hardcastle

A Welshman in Halifax, by Andrew Hardcastle

It is a measure of Garfield Owen’s quality and profile as a rugby union player in the 1950s that his signing of a Halifax rugby league contract was televised live on the BBC’s Sportsview programme.

One of the most gifted full backs of his generation, Owen moved north from Newport and fell in love with West Yorkshire, where he still lives now. The title of his biography, A Welshman in Halifax, could not be more apt. [Read more…]

NEWS: Book publishers just 24 hours away from launch of new rugby league magazine ‘Forty-20’

Rugby League Books speaks exclusively to Scratching Shed Publishing on the eve of their new rugby league magazine ‘Forty-20’ hitting the shelves for the first time.

Forty-20, issue one

Forty-20, issue one

They say there’s nothing like diversification to keep a business fresh – and book publishers Scratching Shed have taken that on board as they prepare for the launch of their new monthly rugby league magazine ‘Forty-20’.

Issue one of Forty-20 hits the shelves on Wednesday, 13 July, and marks a major change for Scratching Shed, who until now have been known as the publishers of a range of books – including many rugby league titles.

Scratching Shed co-director and Forty-20 editor Tony Hannan told Rugby League Books: “It’s an exciting time. [Read more…]

REVIEW: The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE, by Maurice Bamford

The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE, by Maurice Bamford

The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE, by Maurice Bamford

Only a select group of British rugby league personalities have been recognised with an honour from the Queen.

The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE tells the tale of how a Yorkshire lad rose from Batley High School to Buckingham Palace, stopping off at Dewsbury, Cronulla, Bradford, Leeds, Featherstone and Batley on the way.

During a remarkable career that eventually came to an end at the unbelievable age of 45 – at least 10 years more than most of today’s rugby league players manage – Grayshon established a reputation as a powerful forward who could split the tightest of defences with his exemplary distribution. [Read more…]