A NEW autobiographical paperback has entered the Amazon Football Reference Top Ten chart a full two months before its official launch.
Death in Grimsby – 50 Years Following Brighton and Hove Albion was written, edited and published by soccer fanatic Nic Outterside, and given a soft launch in May among friends and fellow Albion fans.
The full launch with book signings is planned for the week beginning 12th August, yet Death in Grimsby already stands at number 5 in the Amazon Football Reference sales chart, with former Brighton & Hove Albion players among the early purchasers.
Death in Grimsby charts Nic’s passion for his far from ordinary home town club for more than half a century. Among 50,000 words and 115 images it is a collection of personal stories which will resonate with every football supporter, no matter which club they may follow.
“I have been following my beloved Brighton & Hove Albion since I was a very small kid, and like a fan of any club, whether that be Arsenal, Accrington Stanley, Aston Villa or Alloa Athletic, once you are hooked you are well and truly hooked,” explains Nic.
“It is a passion which has never dimmed with greying hair, crows’ feet etched lines and a free bus pass just three years away.
“I hoped my story might resonate with supporters of most clubs, but to reach number 5 in the sales charts, with barely any advertising or promotion is beyond my wildest dreams,” he adds.
Death in Grimsby is a collection of short stories which charts the first 50 years that Nic supported his beloved Albion, starting with that first game at the Goldstone in 1967 and finishing with a match against Wolves at Molineux in April 2017, when his club all but mathematically secured promotion to the promised land of the Premier League.
Each chapter is a separate story related to 21 different matches and events, including Nic’s first night game against Portsmouth in 1969, a record 8-2 defeat against Bristol Rovers in 1973, winning promotion to the old League Division One in 1979, an FA Cup Final in 1983, Football League survival against Hereford United in 1997 and much more.
These are knitted together with many personal recollections such as meeting Ernie Wise in Leeds, trying to explain the Foot and Mouth Disease funeral pyres to his young daughters before a match against Carlisle United in 2001, interviewing the England legend Paul Gascoigne, bribing match stewards with slices of home-made flapjack at Birmingham City and being hospitalised with hypothermia after a game at Grimsby.
Death in Grimsby – 50 Years Following Brighton & Hove Albion is available as a large format paperback priced at £10.49 with FREE UK delivery from Amazon:
Other ways to order and purchase the book will be announced in early July.
The full launch with book signings will take place at venues (TBC) in Brighton and Hove during week beginning 12th August, prior to Brighton & Hove Albion’s first home game of the 2019/2020 season against West Ham on 17th August.
A Kindle e-book edition of the book will also be available before the end of June.
- Nic Outterside is an award-winning editor, journalist and author. Among more than a dozen awards to his name are North of England Daily Journalist of the Year, Scottish Weekly Journalist of the Year, Scottish Daily Journalist of the Year and a special national award for investigative journalism. He was twice editor of Weekly Newspaper of the Year. In 2016 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in written journalism.
- Death in Grimsby is his seventh published book.
- For interviews or further information Nic can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org