Scratching Shed reveal plans for at least three rugby league books in 2012

Scratching Shed Publishing will release at least three rugby league titles in 2012, director Tony Hannan has told Rugby League Books.

Malcolm Alker’s autobiography The Devil Within has already been confirmed as part of their plans for the coming months.

Now Hannan has revealed that Scratching Shed have agreed a deal for John Kear’s autobiography, while a history of schools rugby league will be published this summer.

Hannan said: “We’ve signed the contracts with John Kear and Peter Smith, so that’s definitely happening. We’re delighted to be working with them both on what should be a great read.”

He added: “Ron England has written the history of schools rugby league, looking back at the story of the sport’s development including photographs and accounts from people who played the game at that level before achieving professional success.

“A lot of the modern-day professionals started out playing schools games at Wembley or the Millennium Stadium as part of the Champion Schools tournament, and in Ron we’ve got a really authoritative author. Only last month he was added to the RFL’s Roll of Honour.”

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‘Explosive revelations’ promised in new Malcolm Alker book

Former Salford City Reds captain Malcolm Alker is set to release his autobiography in May – and its publishers have promised “explosive revelations” ahead.

Alker, who retired at the end of the 2010 season, has been working on the book with Daily Star rugby league writer Julie Stott.

The Devil Within will look back on Alker’s career, his exit from Salford and his reflections on the game.

Tony Hannan, director of publishers Scratching Shed, said: “We’re working on the book now, and there are some quite explosive revelations in there. I’m sure it’ll be a great read when it’s finished.”

Scratching Shed’s previous rugby league titles include: