Archive for January, 2017

Jose Mourinho CoverMy Endeavour Press sports publication, Jose Mourinho: The Art of Winning, is available for just 99p on Amazon at the moment (ebook only). So go on, get your laughing gear around it here.

Here’s what the reviewers have said: “gives a good insight into Jose Mourinho and how he has become one of the most successful and talked about managers currently in the game.” Amazon Reviewer

“What a wonderful book! The most thoroughly researched, detailed, forensic and comprehensive analysis I have read about Jose Mourinho’s managerial career and how Kirby anticipates he will be welcomed and perform on the stage that awaits him at Old Trafford. Well argued with much use of original sources and fresh and engaging, this is essential reading for all students of management as well as Manchester United fans wondering that their club has let them in for.” Amazon Reviewer

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New pages on the Armley Press website, promoting my novel, The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. The novel is available to purchase from the site, here, or from Amazon.

Here’s me amongst the rogues gallery of Armley Press authors:

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And here’s my dedicated author page:

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And here’s the dedicated Lost Boys page:

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The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about… Thankfully, the conversation about The Lost Boys of Prometheus City has started in earnest on social media, following some glowing early reviews. Here’s what people are saying about the book on Twitter:

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Remember, the book’s available to purchase RIGHT NOW from here.

Lost Boys Cover Frontplate AJKAl Devey, an Amazon Reader and the brains behind the Home Defence UK blog-site, has provided the first review of The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. I’ve provided a few highlights below:
After “a bravura first chapter” , the “prose always has a certain energy, a spontaneity, and, at its best, a tendency to barrel along in a way that’s thoroughly engrossing.”
“We meet Neal as an over-privileged hedonist within his three-man gang of Northern England Gordon Gekkos, but their story quickly becomes tense then rapidly unspools from there, with Kirby telling his tale in the first person as he draws us into the fraught, dissatisfied, changeable mental landscape of his easily led protagonist. An atmosphere of regret, amorality and emptiness pervades this fast-paced thriller with its tumbling, freewheeling sentences, full of stream of consciousness left-turns, pop culture references from the time and bracketed asides.”

“The other great character evoked here is the city of Leeds itself, caught in a boom that will prove to be built on sand, and with the penthouse futureplexes of these masters of the universe no more than a stone’s throw from degradation, poverty, filth and the tightening grip of crime networks who often overreach themselves. Perhaps Kirby too, has been guilty of aiming too big in the past, most notably with his controversial Not The Booker nominated ‘Paint This Town Red’ a few years back, but TLBoPC is a very different work, being a novel that is full of real people, not over-plotted, and has something relevant to say about our times. You don’t have to be familiar with that Yorkshire city in which it’s set to enjoy this compelling, fast-read odyssey across its landscape, but if you do know Leeds inside-out the way this author does, that can only add to your reading enjoyment. Recommended.”

The book is available to purchase from here.
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I’m guest-blogging on the Leeds Big Bookend website today regarding the long and winding road to publication of my new novel, The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. If you want to read the blog, please go here. And if you want to get your hands on the paperback, please follow this link.

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