SF Forward has published a brilliant review of Perfect World. Follow this link to read it. And this link to buy a copy of the book.

SF Forward

LVGI’m pleased to report there has been a lot of traction regarding my Louis van Gaal biography in recent days, following my publishers’ Amazon promotion-push. The book has received three new highly-starred reviews, as well as a fantastic sales boost, which has seen it climb to Number 3 in three individual football books charts.


‘History Fan’, in a 4-star review, wrote: “Kirby’s well researched work documents the conflicts and convergences that Van Gaal has had with players, former clubs, and his national team, getting to the heart of how his footballing mind works. This is essential reading for anyone with an interest in English football, even if you hate Manchester United…”

‘Nigel Craig’, in a 5-star review, shouts: “Excellent insight into this complex character.”

‘Book Fanatic’, in a 4-star review, says: “Great research and insight make this a supreme football biography.”


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Image4Reviewer Paul Whittle has evaluated and appraised Perfect World for the Big Bookend festival/ website. You can read his artful and insightful commentary here.

And here’s some highlights:

Perfect World is recommended for fans of adventurous science fiction and anyone interested in new novels with contemporary themes.”

“The action is continuous, the narrative entertaining, and the tone urgent throughout, and whenever the atmosphere threatens to become too oppressive, serious matters are often treated with humour.”

You can buy the book from here.

LVGMy publishers, Endeavour Press, are running a FREE PROMOTION of my sports ebook Louis van Gaal: Dutch Courage. The promo will run from Tuesday 24th February until Saturday 28th February.

In order to get your hands on this free ebook, please follow this link.


When unveiled as Bayern Munich manager in 2009, Louis Van Gaal remarked, “I am what I am; self-confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, industrious, innovative.”

Former players have described him as “scary”, as a “volcano”. The former Barcelona president described him as “the devil himself”. At Bayern, they said he “vaangalised” their team.

And yet at the same time, he is “warm-blooded”. He openly admits: “I cry almost every day. There’s always something that touches me.”

Barcelona’s Xavi says of him: “People see him as arrogant and aloof but he’s really not.”

‘Dutch Courage’ separates the man from the myths.

This Dutch master has been the head of some of the greatest dynasties in European football – Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United – as well as the boss of the Netherlands national team (twice).

This biography, by the bestselling author of Fergie’s Finest, brings the Van Gaal biography up to date.

Christian Nerlinger predicts that Van Gaal’s United reign will be anything but predictable: “one thing is for sure: it will not be boring.”

‘From Ajax to Man United, via Bayern Munich, Andrew J Kirby plots the rise of this indomitable, complex figure with verve and great insight. This book is exhaustively researched, and offers great psychological insights into the man, as well as the world of football. A must-read for fans of United, and those of us interested in this colossus of football.’ – Guy Mankowski, author of ‘How I Left the National Grid’.

Andrew J Kirby is a season-ticket holder at Old Trafford, and writes about United for a number of fanzines and blogs. He is the author of ‘Fergie’s Finest: Sir Alex Ferguson’s Greatest Manchester United x11’, and ‘The Pride of all Europe: Manchester United’s Greatest Seasons in the European Cup’.

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

SLEEPOFREASONMy all-new novel The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters is now available to purchase in eBook format.

To get your kindly hands on a copy, follow this link.

Here’s the write-up:

Roll up, roll up for the magical mystery tour of the museum of slRoll up, roll up for the magical mystery tour of the museum of sleep, a place where your dreams can stand up and walk, just the same as your nightmares.

From the bloodied pen of the author AJ Kirby comes The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, a novel of startling originality, wit, and imagination.

Charlie Prince and his father are looking for a little adventure at the weekend. They want to escape their real-world problems for a few hours. But they get a lot more than they bargained for when they visit the new museum in town. For here the exhibits are much more monstrous than the ones they face at home.

Soon Charlie discovers they are trapped inside the museum, and they are not alone. Monsters lurk in the dark corners, twitching to hunt them down. A trio of bears thunder after them in a frenzied pursuit. A mischievous not-quite-white rabbit promises to help them but ends up luring them into his lair.

And behind them all, the sinister puppet-master Howard Cunliffe lies in wait, eager to trap Charlie inside forever.

Channelling Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, this subtly dark, surreal story will ensure you’ll sleep with the light on tonight.

SOR CoverMy seventh novel The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters is available to pre-order as an eBook NOW. Simply follow this LINK to purchase.

Customers who have pre-ordered the book will receive the content on the release date, 02/13/2015: yeah that’s right folks, Friday 13th. Mwahahahahahahaaha.

Caution: watch out for the not-quite-white rabbit…

blinkMy novella Blink is on a Kindle Countdown deal at the moment, which means that from 6th-13th February, you’ll be able to get your hands on this terrifying sci-fi tale for just 99p. It’s definitely a case of who’ll blink first, but if you crack, you can follow this link and get your hands on your very own ebook copy.

Here’s a synopsis:

A group of common-or-garden scientists and engineers plot a course for Planet 121-131, a new planet which they figure has the potential to be terraformed into a new Earth.

Upon reaching the planet, they begin to perform tests on it, slowly understanding that the place seems to disobey all known physical laws.

Indeed, this unknown, extreme planet gradually reveals itself as so far out of leftfield that it throws everything the crew know about themselves, and the universe into question. The planet bends truth and reality, it blinks in and out of existence.

This Schrodinger’s cat of a place wants them nowhere near it, but curiosity draws them closer and closer to it, like a force field, until the ultimate confrontation is reached.

Does curiosity kill the cats?

This philosophical science fiction tale comes from the much-praised pen of the genre-writing tyro, AJ Kirby, the author of Sharkways, Paint this town Red, Perfect World and Bully.


About the Author

AJ Kirby is the author of the novels Paint this Town Red, Bully and Sharkways, and the non-fiction book Fergie’s Finest. His short fiction has been published across the web, and in magazines, anthologies and literary journals, as well as in two collections: The Art of Ventriloquism and Mix Tape. He was one of 20 Leeds-based authors under 40 recently shortlisted for the LS13 competition and his novel Paint this Town Red was shortlisted for last year’s The Guardian Not the Booker prize. He blogs at https://paintthistownred.wordpress.com/