G2 is handling the worldwide rights and publicity for Matt Ogborn’s new biography of Tyson Fury, entitled The Comeback King which is due for release this September.
Once the bad boy of British boxing, Tyson Fury was widely underrated – his flamboyant lifestyle and outlandish antics drawing attention to his life outside the ring, rather than his achievements in it. But a truly dominant display against one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, Wladimir Klitschko, changed all of that. Fury became champion of the world and resolutely silenced his doubters. With the world at his feet, however, Fury struggled with depression and started to party hard. He was banned from boxing for the use of illegal substances and was stripped of his title. After ballooning to nearly 24 stone in weight, many questioned whether he would ever step into the ring again. What followed was one of the great sporting comebacks. Fury rediscovered his love of boxing and began training again. In just nine months he was back in shape and on the title trail, with Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, the man in his sights. The two faced off in LA in what was one of the most memorable fights of the modern era. Wilder controversially retained his title following a 12-round split decision draw, but Fury won over the boxing world and wrote his name into the history books.
Rush released to tie in with the appointment of England legend Steven Gerrard as manager of Aston Villa, The Best of The Villans makes its debut in early December.
‘Stevie G’ began his reign with a 2-0 home win over Brighton and is due to take his Villa side to Liverpool, where he played more than 700 games for the club, on Saturday December 11th – the first time he will have returned to Anfield as a Premier League manager.
Written by Villa superfan Simon Goodyear, the alphabetical gift book is priced at £12.99 for the paperback version and £3.99 for the ebook … a perfect present for all discerning Villa fans.
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!
Written by G2 founder and owner Jules Gammond, this new official Chelsea FC hardback 60 Seconds That Shaped The Blues is available from November priced at £10.
The fully illustrated publication highlights 60 key moments that have shaped the history of the club from the day that it was founded in the Rising Sun Public House in 1905 to the victory over Manchester City in this year’s Champions League Final.
Many of the magical moments are from the past couple of decades under the ownership of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich during which time the Blues have won two Champions Leagues, five Premierships, five FA Cups, three League Cups and two Europa Leagues.
Not that they were entirely unsuccessful before, as the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet already included a first league title, three more FA Cups and two Cup Winners’ Cups.
Chelsea FC Women have been no less prolific, winning five league titles, two FA Cups and two League Cups.
But this book is not exclusively about triumphs, it recalls those important milestones in Chelsea Football Club’s life story, the year it was founded, the chairmen and managers who made an indelible mark over the years, the record scores and classic games, the goal scorers and legends, that have each contributed to the rich tapestry that is Chelsea FC.
Comments Gammond: ” Having been a supporter for more than 50 years, I have been privileged to have witnessed many of the highs and lows first hand, including that soggy night in Moscow when, but for a slip by captain John Terry in the penalty shoot-out, we would have won three Champions League trophies by now. And while our fans sing about being ‘carefree’ it is because we care so deeply that this collection of magical moments will bring a tear to the eye and lump to the throat of all true Blues ‘wherever you may be’.”
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.
Tying in with the 150th anniversary of Glasgow Rangers is a new enlarged and updated A-Z featuring many of manager Stephen Gerrard’s title-winning star players as well as all the club’s legendary players and managers. Written by Robbie Mason, the hardback gift book is released on September 30th, priced at £12.99.
G2 Entertainment is rush releasing a biography of Jack Grealish, Britain’s first £100 million player, on October 29th, priced at £9.99.
The Jack Grealish Story includes details of his high-profile move to Manchester City as well as a number of the opening matches of the Premier League season 2021/22 and his impact at the Euro 2020 championships when the country was crying out for England manager Gareth Southgate to include him in the starting line-ups.
Author Simon Goodyear also looks back at his 19-year career with Aston Villa where he rose through the ranks to become captain and left the club with the best wishes of the fans who regard him as a club legend.
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.