NEWS: Exclusive – John Kear set to release book in 2012

Ex-England coach John Kear looks set to be one of the next rugby league personalities to release his autobiography, Rugby League Books can reveal.

(UPDATE: Coaching Is Chaos is now available by clicking here.)

The Batley boss has been working with Yorkshire Evening Post writer Peter Smith over the last six weeks.

The pair have already produced 50,000 words for the as yet untitled book, and discussions are believed to be underway with a major rugby league publisher.

Smith told Rugby League Books: “We started work on it after John left Wakefield and we’ve got a lot done recently.

“We’re hoping it will be published in 2012 – possibly around Christmas time, but maybe before then.”

Smith’s previous books include two of the biggest selling rugby league titles in recent memory, Barrie McDermott’s Made For Rugby and Keith Senior’s The Bald Truth.

Kear has plenty to reflect on, including two Challenge Cup victories, England’s 2000 World Cup campaign and a dramatic spell at Wakefield.

Smith added: “John’s described the highs and lows of his career as well as his thoughts on the game and the people he’s worked with over the years.”

FEATURE: Rugby league on the Kindle – the complete guide

It’s this year’s hottest Christmas present, but what does the Kindle have to offer rugby league fans?

Quite a lot, it turns out.

The beauty of electronic publishing is in making old releases available at the click of a button. It also gives much easier access to titles published on the other side of the world.

Rugby League Books has been taking a look at what’s currently available on the Kindle for rugby league fans who might just have an inkling what Santa’s bringing them this year.

Here’s our complete list (as of December 10, 2011):


Down Under


Rugby league books from 2011 – a Christmas gift guide

Ho, ho, ho… Christmas is coming!

If you’re struggling for gift ideas, hopefully this list of rugby league books released in 2011 might give you some inspiration….

If we’ve missed anything, let us know and we’ll be happy to add it to the list.

In the meantime, here’s Rugby League Books’ 2011 Christmas sing-along. All together now…

    On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…
    12 James Lomases
    11 Darren Lockyers
    10 Tigers legends
    9 Aussie tourists
    8 Warrior Jeffs
    7 Garfield Owens
    6 Stankevitches
    5 Trips to Hull
    4 Paul Loughlins
    3 Yearbooks
    2 Graeme Wests
    And The Bald Truth by Mr Senior.

REVIEW: The Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2011-12, by Tim Butcher and Daniel Spencer

Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2011-12How will you remember 2011? Sam Tomkins’ brilliance? Darren Lockyer’s farewell? Or Leeds’ back-from-the-dead title surge? Whatever your memory, the Gillette Rugby League Yearbook captures it all in its usual comprehensive and compelling style.

With in-depth sections on the Super League, Championships, NRL and international scenes, there’s little left out. And if you’ve still any questions, the exhaustive statistical breakdown of the season will almost certainly provide the answers. [Read more…]