Wednesday, 12 December 2012

ABIDE WITH ME - News of a Special Book Signing

This Saturday from 1:30 till 3:00, and for a while after the game, I will be signing copies of my debut novel -ABIDE WITH ME  - at, and I can hardly believe this, the club shop of the Mighty Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. 

It's been quite a year. On it's release ABIDE WITH ME went straight to the top of the Amazon Sports Fiction chart, and is currently still the highest rated Sports Fiction book on Amazon.

I have been a supporter of Dagenham ever since my dad took myself and my brother Stu to the 1976/77 FA Trophy final. 1-0 up with five minutes to go, we lost 2-1. At six years old, the Mighty Daggers became my team.

When we were a little bit older, me and Stu, and our mate, Nicky, would get the bus from Romford to the games, stopping off on the way back at Nagi's - the best chip shop/kebab place in the world (no longer there, sadly), and come home, usually cold, but always knowing we'd had a little bit of something special

All through the writing of the football sections of ABIDE WITH ME, John - the narrator - a Hammer through and through - is merely channeling my own experiences sitting on the grass mound at the Pondfield Road end of the ground behind the goal watching the Daggers, then later standing watching from the Sieve (the long terrace running the whole length of one side of the pitch). The grass mound is now an all seater stand, but the Sieve remains. 

Where once was a simple grass mound, now sits an all-seater stand

The Sieve
Over the last twenty-five or thirty years, I have seen the same faces on the terraces- boys turning to men, and these same men then bringing their own children to the Daggers.  When work permits, I now take my own children, Mollie (14) and Charlie (10) to watch from that very same place on the Sieve.

Dagenham & Redbridge is a family club, a special place. And to finish the ABIDE WITH ME Book Tour at the home of the Daggers is something very special indeed.
ABIDE WITH ME normally retails at £8.99, but as a special offer to all Daggers supporters, the book will be on sale at the Club Shop on Saturday at the knock-down price of £4.99. Would be great to see some familiar faces around, but most importantly, of course, is that we take three points off Barnet.

1 comment:

  1. Darn right AWM should be at the top of the sports charts. Being a Yank I've never really understood why you UK folks get so passionate about footie -- until I read Ian's book. Now I get it. The Daggers chapter is sports writing at its best.