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: 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.”


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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: Scratching Shed confirms plans for four new rugby league books

From Hull to Hell and Back

From Hull to Hell and Back, by Lee Crooks and Vince Groak, is one of four new rugby league books set to be released by Scratching Shed Publishing during 2011

Lee Crooks’ autobiography is one of four new rugby league books Scratching Shed Publishing is planning for 2011, the company has revealed.

The independent publishers – who have already produced 24 titles in little more than two years – are also hoping to secure further rugby league titles for the coming 12 months.

Crooks’ book, titled From Hull to Hell and Back, is being ghostwritten by Vince Groak and will look back at the former Hull, Leeds, Castleford and Great Britain forward’s illustrious career.

Bev Risman’s Both Sides Of The Fence is also set to be released soon, along with Phil Caplan’s ‘History of Schools Rugby League’ and a further, as yet unspecified, reprint of a rugby league classic.

Rugby League Books will be among the first to review each of the titles and speak to the people involved. Keep your eyes peeled.