FEATURE: How one man crossed the great divide to write a rugby league book in 10 weeks

This is the second installment of a two-part interview with author Andrew Quirke, who here reveals a frantic schedule for working on Graeme West’s autobiography. You can read the first part here.

For most writers, taking on one book is a big enough challenge. Not Andrew Quirke.

The rugby league author has two autobiographies in their final stages, with Paul Loughlin’s From Grass to Glass set to be released in September 2011 before Graeme West’s autobiography hits the shelves later this year.

Quirke revealed: “Graeme’s moving back to New Zealand at the end of the year, which meant we had 10 weeks in total to write the book from start to finish!” [Read more…]

REVIEW: From Hull to Hell and back, by Lee Crooks and Vince Groak

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

From Hull to Hell and back... Lee Crooks' autobiography is out now

For sheer warts-and-all honesty, From Hull to Hell and back is up there with Sean Long’s autobiography.

Lee Crooks recently told Rugby League Books how his autobiography had been three years in the making.

It has been time well spent, because the final product is something that Crooks and ghostwriter Vince Groak can both look upon with pride.

At nearly 350 pages, it’s certainly one of the longer rugby league books of recent years. But Groak has put plenty of effort and craft into creating a story that is easy to read, meaning pages get turned extremely quickly. [Read more…]

NEWS: Paul Loughlin’s autobiography set for release

This is the first of a two-part interview with author Andrew Quirke, who here discusses Paul Loughlin’s upcoming autobiography and will later reveal details of his next two projects.

If author Andrew Quirke did not know how to multitask 12 months ago, it is almost certain that he does now.

The St Helens season-ticket holder has been juggling a full time job with writing two upcoming rugby league titles, and has recently agreed a deal for a third rugby league book in 2011. [Read more…]

REVIEW: Being John Stankevitch, by John Stankevitch

Being John Stankevitch

Being John Stankevitch

As a player, John Stankevitch was honest and tough. Being John Stankevitch is exactly the same.

Stankevitch wrote the book himself, sitting down after work every day for two months to complete what he labelled as “therapy” during an earlier interview with Rugby League Books.

When Stankevitch’s career came to a premature end aged just 25, it sent him on a downward spiral from which it took years to recover.

Details of contract negotiations, mounting debts and wrong decisions are all laid bare with brutal candour. [Read more…]

NEWS: Lee Crooks reveals the motivation behind his autobiography ‘From Hull to Hell and Back’

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

From Hull to Hell and back... Lee Crooks' autobiography is released this weekend

Lee Crooks has revealed the motivation behind the release of his autobiography From Hull to Hell and Back.

Former Great Britain, Hull, Leeds and Castleford forward Crooks told Rugby League Books: “It was something that I’ve wanted to do for a while.

“It’s not a money making exercise, but it gives me an opportunity to put down on paper my thoughts, and how I felt over a period of time.

“A lot of people think they know me, but they don’t know me that well. I had some ghosts to put to rest.”

From Hull to Hell and Back is released this weekend, with launches at Humber St Andrews Social Club in Hull (Mon 8 August) and Wheldon Road, Castleford (Tues 9 August).

Written with Hull FC fan Vince Groak, the book is Scratching Shed Publishing’s latest title and includes a foreword from Australian ace Peter Sterling.

Crooks joked: “People have asked me if ‘hell’ was spelt L-E-E-D-S.”

He added: “I don’t really read books, but the people in the know say it’s a good book. It’s taken three-and-a-half years to do, so I hope people enjoy it.”


From Hull to Hell and Back
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