NEWS: Malcolm Alker defends The Devil Within ahead of its launch in Manchester

The Devil Within, by Malcolm Alker and Julie Stott

Malcolm Alker has defended his controversial autobiography The Devil Within as he prepares for the book’s release.

Former Salford captain Alker has used the book to reveal his use of human growth hormone, cocaine and prescription pain-killers.

Alker and ghostwriter Julie Stott will launch the book in Waterstone’s at the Trafford Centre from 10.30am on Saturday 12 May, and the ex-Reds star insists he has no regrets.


Alker told Yorkshire Radio: “The intention of doing the book was purely so that I could lie straight in my grave. It’s not about financial reward; the money I make won’t make any difference to my life at all. It’s about putting the demons to bed, and hopefully some people can learn lessons from it.

“The book hasn’t been done to be bitter towards Salford or the game. It’s just my story. Nothing’s been elaborated; it’s just the truth, and if I was going to tell my story then it had to be that, good or bad.

“I could have easily left two or three chapters out of the book and spoke more about rugby, but that wouldn’t have been my story.

“The Devil Within is the truth, and now it’s time to tell the story. There are issues within the game and outside of the game that need to be handled.

“I’m not trying to do a bible of do’s and don’ts, it’s not about that: it’s just an autobiography. Some people will like what I’ve said and some people won’t, both in my family and in rugby league.”

Ghostwriter Julie Stott said: “Malcolm accepts that he’s open to criticism for some of the things he’s done, but he’s got to be applauded for not shying away from any of it.

“Throughout the process of writing the book he always wanted to be completely honest, and that was for a purpose – there’s a problem within the game, and Malcolm thinks it needs highlighting.”

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NEWS: Malcolm Alker book cover revealed

The cover to former Salford captain Malcolm Alker’s autobiography, The Devil Within, has been released by Scratching Shed Publishing.

The book, which goes on sale on May 7, is now available to pre-order and promises to be a rough-and-ready tumble through Alker’s life as a professional rugby league player.

Alker has worked with Daily Star rugby league writer Julie Stott on telling his story, and appears to have plenty of tales to tell.

Earlier this month he told BBC Radio Manchester how he still feels angry at the way he left the Reds.

He said: “I was accused of drinking midweek, while taking a session.

“I’m not a raving alcoholic. At the end of the day I’ve got a family at home, and I offered to take a breathalyser test on the day of the training session as we had those on site, and I was refused that.

“I’m bitter to the point that I didn’t feel my side of the story was heard sufficiently.”

The Devil Within looks set to make sure that few will be unaware of his side of the story.


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: