Fergies Finest Cover with quotesFor the next five days, Fergie’s Finest is just 99p on Amazon. You can get your hands on a copy here.

Product Description

Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the greatest football managers of all time.

Over 26 years in charge of Manchester United, his passion for winning and tactical flair made them the most successful club in the Premier League. Under his guidance, United won an eye-watering 38 trophies, including 13 league championships.

But who were the greatest players of the Ferguson era?

Over 185 players debuted for United under Ferguson and more than 200 players wore the red jersey for Fergie.

They included legends of the modern game from David Beckham to Ryan Giggs, from Roy Keane to Bryan Robson, and from Eric Cantona to Cristiano Ronaldo.

But which were the Greatest Eleven?

Is Robin Van Persie the greatest striker? Or Ruud Van Nistelrooy?

Was Paul Scholes the best player in the heart of the midfield? Or Bryan Robson?

In this fascinating study, Andrew Kirby selects the ultimate ‘Team Fergie’?

With interviews from football writers and former players, this book considers the leading contenders for each position in Sir Alex Ferguson’s First Eleven.

It is the one book that every Manchester United fan – and indeed every football supporter – will want to read.

Andrew J Kirby’s sports writing has featured in BBC Sport magazine, and on the Radio Five Live website. He has held a Manchester United season ticket for the entirety of the Sir Alex Ferguson reign at Old Trafford, and regularly follows the Reds across Europe and beyond.

He also writes award-winning crime fiction as AJ Kirby, and has published five novels including Sharkways and Paint This Town Red, which was shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2012.

Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent publisher of digital books.

1392179283nu4mcMy short story ‘A Simple Choice’ is to be published in the Wordland 5: True Love issue. Wordland 5 will be published in web-based, print and Kindle versions. Watch this space for details of when it is available.

The acceptance of ‘A Simple Choice’ by Wordland follows the successes of ‘Snow Blind’, in Wordland 4, ‘Behind the Scenes at the London Tour’ which you can read here in Wordland 3, and ‘A Question of Trust’ in Wordland 1.

You can check out my full menu of published short stories.

pw cpTo celebrate the paperback release of Perfect World, I thought I’d bring you one of my favourite reviews of the ebook. This review was published in 2011, and was written by the author Cassandra Parkin (The Summer we all ran away, and New World Fairy Tales).

You can read the full review here.

Here are a few choice snippets:

pw pic““Perfect World” is set in a futuristic English landscape, and it has by far the best high-concept opening I’ve seen in years. Sitting on the Bullet Train between a seedy, scruffy London and the West Country, Toby Hewitt writes the first line of the greatest scoop of his career; “I found God yesterday, happily retired in Elegant.”

Honestly, that’s pretty much all this story had to do to get me hooked. God is living among us! The protagonist is actually going to meet him! If the premise of a man discovering that God has retired to Cornwall doesn’t grab you, then maybe this whole Science-fiction thang isn’t really for you.”

“From this fantastic opening, the book gallops along with the speed and dizzying swerves of a racehorse on acid.”

“Like the works of Philip K Dick, it’s bursting with great ideas and concepts…”

You can buy Perfect World – the paperback – from Amazon here and direct from the TWB Press website here.

Hello all,

I’m Aine Cabaye, author of ‘MR. 0which was published earlier this year by White House Press. I happen to share this publisher with the owner of this blog, AJ Kirby (whose books with WHP you should really check out if you haven’t already: Hangingstone, and When Elephants Walk through the Gorbals). I asked Andy whether he’d mind ever so much if I guest blogged on his site, as I’m keen for my words and my writing to reach new audiences. Thankfully he agreed. So here goes.

mr-o-coverMy novelette ‘Mr. 0′ is receiving pretty good reviews at the moment, which I’m hugely grateful for. Many commentators have drawn comparisons between my story and that of Graham Greene’s ‘The Destructors’, and William Golding’s ‘The Lord of the Flies’. Which I’ll agree with to some extent because of the subject matter I cover, though certainly I’m not sure about being spoken of in the same breath as those two masters of English Literature.

My book, for those of you who haven’t read it, is a dystopian tale about the destructive power of evil. It transports Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ to a modern-day estate in the north east of England. I live in Selby at the moment, and the estate I drew is something like some of the estates there. But not wholly. Anyway, what prompted me to write the story were some local media reports about an alleged child-abuser being released from prison and housed in one of those estates, and the reaction of the local community to this ‘intruder’ in their midst.

And I wanted to tell the tale from the point of view of a child. I wondered what sense a child might make of all of the commotion and chaos which was wrought about them. I wondered whether I might make my child a forgiving one. And then I thought, who am I kidding? Because I don’t know many children who are.

It’s not a happy tale, but it’s a truthful one, and it shares a similar philosophy to William Golding’s: i.e. that the natural state for human beings, once we’ve thrown off the trappings of convention and morality, is cruelty, is savagery. If we don’t feel as though we have someone looking over our shoulders, we can become monsters – just like the kids on the island in Lord of the Flies. There they are removed from society, from parental judgment and from punishment, and quickly they become savage.

I recently re-read another of Golding’s dark tales; the Booker Prize winning Rites of Passage. Like Lord of the Flies the story is set in a location at one remove from the world. Here, we encounter the passengers on a ship sailing from Britain to Australia. God’s and Britain’s laws are subsumed by ‘rules of the sea’ and the laws of the captain. And in this case, these new ‘laws’ become a license to terrorise one of the passengers (just like Piggy in Flies).

It’s an excoriating commentary on how we are. And, without meaning to depress anyone, there’s any number of news stories around at the moment which back-up Golding’s theorum regarding our essential natures.

I’m currently working on a new novel, and I was hoping to inject a little light into this one. However just when I think I’m out, the savagery pulls me back in. I’m sorry, I can only tell the truth as I see it. See this excellent article from The Guardian on the truth about evil for example, particularly the section on Hannah Arendt. “Arendt suggested that human beings commit atrocities from a kind of stupidity, falling into a condition of thoughtlessness in which they collude in practices that inflict atrocious suffering on other human beings.”

That’s what I tried to recreate in ‘Mr. 0’…

Thanks very much for listening to my musings. You can get a hold of my novelette ‘Mr. 0′ from all good bookshops.

SYNOPSIS

Vinny Markham and his gang of mates are troubled.
They have discovered their new neighbour might have a very dark past.
And they don’t know what to do about it.
But they know they should do something.

But with their only role-models the itinerant fathers they are at once ashamed and in awe of, there is something inevitable about the dark, destructive, and lawless nature of the boys’ response.

Recalling Graham Greene’s ‘The Destructors’, and William Golding’s ‘The Lord of the Flies’, Aine Cabaye’s dystopian short story about the destructive power of evil transports Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ to a modern-day estate in the north east of England.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aine J. Cabaye is half-Irish, half-French, and lives halfway between Leeds and Hull, in the north east of England. She is the parent of one child, Noel, and of four books, the first two of which are to be published by White House Press.

PERWORLDThe long-awaited and much-anticipated paperback version of my five-star reviewed sci-fi novel Perfect World has now been published by TWB, and it is available to purchase from the TWB Press website here, and from Amazon here.

What’s it all about?

Well, this video on the TWB Press website will give you a taster, as will the below synopsis.

Grizzled journalist Toby Howitt, a man who shuns violence and conflict, sets out on a mission to interview God. Sources say He’s living in the mansion at Elegant Gardens. But God isn’t the god He used to be, and Elegant harbors a few secrets of its own, secrets that thrust Howitt into the fight of his life to save the Perfect World God created.

SDRandCo (66)Halloween is lurching closer, like some rough beast – its hour come around at least – slouching into a street near you. Squeaking open your gate. Slavering up your garden path. Hammering at your door. Calling: Trick or Treat.

And in order to get in the mood for some thrills, chills and bellyaches, I’ve come up with a special recipe, a required reading list of my dark tales which will have you hugging your pillow just that little bit tighter.

For your starter, you could try one of my mouth-watering novelettes – perhaps you could treat your mouth to the burning sensation which comes from reading The Haunting of Annie Nicol. Or try one of the short, sharp shocks from my dedicated Halloween anthology, Trickier & Treatier?

For main course, how about getting your teeth into one of my horror novels? Dare you enter the Sharkways? Could you handle Paint this town Red? Do you tremble at the thought of Bully?

And for dessert? Well, how about Teeth?

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pw picTWB Press have put together an excellent video as a teaser prior to the paperback release of my sci-fi novel Perfect World. You can watch it by visiting the dedicated Perfect World page on the TWB Press website: http://www.twbpress.com/perfectworld.html and scrolling down and to the right.

And if you can’t wait for the paperback release, why not get your laughing gear around a copy of the ebook which is out on Amazon now: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-World-AJ-Kirby-ebook/dp/B004T3GP5I/ref=la_B0046CG746_1_18?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383903499&sr=1-18