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…]

NEWS: Paul Loughlin: I’m proud of autobiography

From grass to glass, by Paul Loughlin and Andrew Quirke

From grass to glass, by Paul Loughlin and Andrew Quirke

Rugby league legends including Andy Gregory and Royce Simmons last night gathered for the launch of Paul Loughlin’s autobiography From grass to glass.

Former Great Britain centre Loughlin has worked on the book with ghostwriter Andrew Quirke and is understandably proud of the final product – although he admitted he had initially needed some persuading to tell his story.

He said: “When Andrew phoned me I was a bit unsure, really. It’s been over 10 years since I played, and I was wondering whether people had forgotten me or whether I’d forget players’ names or situations in games.

“But I had another chat with Andrew, decided to go for it, and it’s been quite easy because Andrew’s been asking me questions and helping me remember things. It became enjoyable in the end, and I think he’s done a good job. I’m proud of it really.”

The book is littered with amusing anecdotes, with one particular tale involving Matt Calland being a particular highlight.

“I wanted to make it funny and I think I’ve done that,” said Loughlin. “Hopefully people will like it, because sometimes you read an autobiography and get a bit bored. I said to Andrew that we should make it funny, and thankfully he agreed.”

Rugby League Books will be reviewing ‘From grass to glass’ next week. If you can’t wait that long, you can order your own copy here.

NEWS: Five rugby league books due for imminent release

The Official Super League Annual 2012

The Official Super League Annual 2012 is out on October 1, 2011

Christmas must be coming…

Book publishers across the world are stacking up on rugby league titles to keep fans busy during the long, dark nights of winter.

Rugby League Books has been doing some research, and here are five titles that have either been recently released or are due for release in the next few weeks:

There’s certainly plenty to get stuck into.

Happy reading!

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…]

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…]

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
is available at a discount price by clicking here.

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…]

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…]