The Aston Villa A-Z has been hastily updated to include the sensational appointment of Steven Gerrard as manager this month. The England and Liverpool legend ‘Stevie G’ arrives from Glasgow Rangers to replace Dean Smith who was sacked earlier this month following a run of five successive defeats.
The large-format paperback will be released to coincide with the Liverpool vs Aston Villa match on December 11th – the first time that Gerrard has been back to Anfield as a Premier League manager.
The fully-illustrated gift book also ties in with the 40th anniversary of the club winning the old First Division in the 1980/1981 season and the European Cup, in which Peter Withe scored the only goal to beat Bayern Munich in 1982.
Author Simon Goodyear is a director of the official Aston Villa Supporter’s Trust and has also written a biography of former Villa captain and Britain’s first £100m player Jack Grealish – Super Jack – available from G2 Entertaiment.
Are you a Blues’ brain-box? If so, then put that claim to the test with the Official Chelsea FC Quiz Book which is released this month priced at £10. If not, you’ll be well on your way after having a Shed load of fun testing yourself and your friends.
The book contains 100 quizzes with 1000 questions on aspects of the South West London club. Full of fascinating facts featuring the all-time greats as well as the superstars of the 2021/22 first team squad, this is sure to be a book that any true-blue can’t put down.
So if you want to know the nicknames of such legendary players as Ron Harris or Peter Bonetti; who has scored the most goals and been captain the longest; how many Champions’ League Finals and Premier League titles Chelsea has won; and who is the fans’ favourite ever player then what are you waiting for … just a thousand tricky testers to go!
Pictured is author Jules Gammond asking Frank Lampard who’s going to win the 2008 Champions League Final in Moscow. Unfortunately, Frank got it wrong!
Acclaimed wildlife photographer George Logan has launched a new ebook of stunning wildlife photography to support and raise awareness for Africa’s dwindling’s lion population. The fully illustrated book, entitled ‘Lion: Pride Before The Fall’, contains a collection of the London-based photographer’s beautiful and thought-provoking images of lions in the wild in Africa. The photographs, which celebrate the lifecycle of the lion in all of its raw beauty, serve as a stark reminder of what we stand to lose – with fewer than 20,000 African lions left, time is running out to safeguard their future.
George and The Born Free Foundation raised the money to publish the book through a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign which totalled £78,000 to fund the print run, production costs and distribution. The foreword to the book was written by Born Free founder and actress, Virginia McKenna OBE. She said: “No one, in my view, more strikingly has caught the multiple dimensions of lions’ behaviour and depth of character than George Logan. He has an unfailing sensitivity and admiration for the individual animal. This, for me, shines through each page of the book and is deeply moving in so many ways.”
George Logan said: “This work, the culmination of over 10 years following and photographing Africa’s lion prides, brings their dramatic narrative to life. It’s difficult to articulate the depths of what we stand to lose, but I hope that through this book, the lions will help tell that story. All profits from this book will raise vital funds to support, protect and help re-establish the *Last Lions of Meru, a major conservation initiative in Kenya, which works to protect and increase the lion population there, which currently stands at just 60-80 lions. Uniquely for a wildlife book, we’ve collaborated with some of the best creative minds at London’s top agencies to produce powerful imagery which confronts and highlights the dangers that the last remaining lions still face, such as habitat-loss, canned hunting, trophy hunting, human-wildlife conflict and the real possibility of extinction. These images will spearhead campaigns to raise awareness and accompany the book launch.”
The digital edition, priced at £9.99, will be available through Amazon Kindle and other worldwide platforms from October 31.
G2 is distributing a special anniversary edition of the Wooden Spoon Rugby Yearbook in which 25 leading rugby writers and broadcasters each remember what was special for them in one of those 25 years.
Sir Ian McGeechan remembers the successful Lions tour of South Africa in 1997 and Sir Clive Woodward, not surprisingly, shares his memories of England’s World Cup glory in 2003. Others remember a year for less obvious reasons – John Inverdale has special memories of the year that Italy beat France and Ireland in Rome and finished above both of them in the final table. There are memories of Grand Slams for Wales and Ireland and European Cup successes for Bath and Leicester as well as Premiership successes for Sale in 2006 and for Saracens in 2011. Among the contributors are Ian Robertson’s former BBC colleagues Eddie Butler, Alastair Hignell, Miles Harrison, Alastair Eykyn, Andrew Cotter and Chris Jones.
2021 marks the appearance of the 25th edition of the Wooden Spoon Rugby World which began its life in 1997 when what had for eight years been the Whitbread Rugby World transformed itself into a major fundraiser for the rapidly growing Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby. Editor Ian Robertson has been an active supporter of Wooden Spoon since it was founded in 1983 and throughout the last 25 years has spoken at or hosted numerous Wooden Spoon dinners and the events in support of the book. Wooden Spoon Rugby World has become an established and eagerly awaited annual publication and one of the few sporting yearbooks to have survived in recent years.
With a foreword by HRH Princess Royal, the glossy hardback edition is out now priced at £25.
G2 Entertainment, one of the country’s leading publishers of sports and special interest books, has appointed Glasgow-based BookSource as its distribution partner.
With a catalogue of over 300 titles, G2 Entertainment work with some of the biggest sports clubs in the country in making high quality and sought-after titles. The addition of their list complements BookSource’s existing stable of sports and activity publishers, like Cicerone, Polaris Publishing, Rucksack Readers and Backpage Press, and the move marks a further strengthening of the Publishing Scotland subsidiary’s footprint in the United Kingdom.
G2E titles will be available at BookSource from Tuesday 15th June, having previously been handled by Orca in Dorset.
Talking about the appointment, Dav Bedi, BookSource CEO, said; “We’re absolutely thrilled to have G2 Entertainment join us. Working with Jules and his team during the onboarding process has been a joy, and without doubt they, and their list, are a natural fit for BookSource. This partnership is further testament to our standing and reputation in the industry as an efficient and trustworthy distributor, and of course to the BookSource team.”
Managing Director of G2 Entertainment, Jules Gammond added: “In the run-up to joining BookSource in June 2021, we had more support meetings and constructive conversations with their team than with all our previous distributors over the past 30 years. Their professionalism and attention to detail is of the highest quality and we really believe that they feel part of our quest to sell as many books as possible to our various customers both within the traditional and specialist book-trade. With BookSource in charge of our logistics and sales processing, we are confident that books will arrive on time without excuses or mistakes. ”
G2E titles will be available at BookSource from Tuesday 15th June, having previously been handled by Orca in Dorset. For further information on how to order G2 Entertainment titles from BookSource please visit www.booksource.net/g2e
About BookSource. BookSource is the trading arm of Publishing Scotland. Set-up in 1995 the company now distributes for over 120 client publishers and send books to all corners of the world. It specialises in supporting smaller presses and start-ups, helping them navigate their way through publishing.
Surrey Landscapes contains more than 40 full colour images, with descriptive captions, from around Surrey throughout the seasons. Celebrating both the popular hot-spots and less well-known corners of the county, each image not only has a story to tell, but is also a call from the countryside to those who want to see more. There are no other landscape photography books celebrating the breadth of Surrey’s natural spaces, so this collection of images, bringing together work from the last two years into one unique coffee-table book, is a perfect keepsake or gift for anyone who enjoys the county’s countryside and landscape photography.
The foreword is written by one of the world’s leading landscape photographers, Charlie Waite who is not only an iconic photographer but also founder of the UK Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, now in its 13th year. He also runs Europe’s largest photographic tour company, Light and Land, and is a prolific author.
The author, photographer Nick Oakley, who lived in Hindhead Surrey for many years, was inspired by the diverse beauty of Surrey’s picturesque landscapes. Priced at £20, the coffee-table book was released on the Queen’s birthday in April.