Saturday, 31 December 2011
I hope you've had a good Christmas and are looking forward to 2012.
I have had a good year in 2011. This is a my favourite picture of 2011 that doesn't involve my family.
It is a small cairn I built on top of a mountain in the Arctic, when I was researching my book, Squad: White Fear in September. I built it for a friend of mine who had just lost his mum.
I have big plans for 2012.
They include author tours based around Fair Trade Fortnight (February/March), the launch of my new series (May), Euro 2012 (June) and the Olympic Football (August).
Also writing books about night running, spies, a haunted stadium, mermaids and... er... football.
I have dreams for Leeds United too, but after today's 4-1 reverse at Barnsley, I think I've got a better chance of winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Next year's target: 45'00.
Back to work tomorrow. Three weeks to finish Squad II: White Fear. Here is the cover for book one:
Monday, 26 December 2011
I'll post about it tomorrow.
Then the night running begins, starting on 1st January...
Monday, 19 December 2011
It's where I run. Once or twice a week. This is what it looked like yesterday. When I run up there I feel really happy.
I've got this idea for a book. A fell runner - a boy, age 15 - runs this way at night. He uses a head torch to light his way. And, one night, he sees something in the water...
I'm getting a head torch for Chirstmas. I can't wait to get to work. Research.
Anyway, this is my Christmas card to you.
I hope you have a lovely time with your friends and family.
Monday, 12 December 2011
What is it about going to work in a stadium?
Even if it's only in a room on the outside of the stadium without a view of the pitch. Even if it's only the training ground. Either way, it's thrilling.
I like being in football stadiums.
I have taken groups of children to stadiums too. It always grips the children. Just like it grips me.
Today it was QPR. Last week it was Wolves and Blackburn.
Stadiums I have worked in: Man C, Man U, Spurs, Newcastle, Norwich, Everton, QPR, Wolves, Blackburn, Bolton, West Ham, Cardiff, Hull, LEEDS UNITED, Leicester, Barnsley, Derby, Pompey, Forest, Charlton, Huddersfield, Sheff U, Carlisle, Preston, Scunthorpe, Crewe, Northampton, Plymouth, Bradford.
Sometimes I even get to sleep at stadiums. Tonight I will be getting my head down at Leicester's Walker Stadium. Last month I slept at Carrow Road. Both have Holiday Inn hotels attached. At Norwich you even get a sheet of paper telling you not to gesture or shout abuse out of the hotel window.
That cuts down on the evening's entertainment.
I am going to be writing a story about an abandonded stadium soon. A ghost story. A group of boys camp inside a football stadium. Then night falls... I would love to research it in a real abandoned stadium.
By the way, don't try that at home! It is illegal to enter abandonded stadiums and camp in them.
And that goes for the adults as well as the children.
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
|The Footballers' Battalion, WWI|
I was excited to read that the training was to take place in the Major Buckley Suite.
Major Frank Buckley (pictured in the team here) was a key figure in the WWI footballers' battalion, a whole battalion made up of footballers and football fans too.
The book I was working on earlier this year - and will be working on again in early 2012 - is about the battatlion and Buckley is a key character. As are Sid Wheelhouse and Fred Bullock (also on the picture). The book is called Over the Line.
All of my books to date have been made up. A boy who solves football crimes. A fictional Premier League football academy. A team who represent England at football, some of whom are spies.
But Over the Line is about real people and real events. A lot of it is fictionalised, but I try to keep it as close to what did - or would have - happened.
That's why it was so exciting finding the pictures and letters to do with Buckley at Wolves. And why - in the spring - it was striking to stand at Sid Wheelhouse's grave in France.
These events remind me that I must be careful because I am writing around real lives.
Monday, 28 November 2011
The tournament takes place from 8th June to 1st July.
During the World Cup in 2010 I worked with the National Literacy Trust, using the tournament to promote reading in schools and libraries. We had over 100,000 downloads of our materials.
As a result, we are doing the same for Euro 2012. This is what we have planned.
By the way, it's all free.
(1) a free downloadable episodic story based around the tournament, written by me the evening before publication every week day of Euro 2012;
(2) a free daily writing exercise based on the events and controversies of the tournament;
(3) regular blog and tweeting of the best reading in all formats about Euro 2012;
(4) more free toolkits of ideas and activities to inspire reading and writing using football tournaments.
In addition, I will be on tour for ten weeks in May, June and July 2012, offering my Football Reading Game in schools. Schools can book me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, my new series, The Squad, launches kicks off just before the tournament. The first book - Black Op - is based at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland.
This log sounds more like an advert. I'm sorry. But it's all good stuff and I wanted to give everyone a good early warning.
Friday, 25 November 2011
|Man U's Cliff Training Ground|
I spent most of the week touring schools in Pembrokeshire, the bit of Wales directly above Cornwall.
Lovely people, the Welsh.
I had a glorious time. The library put me up in a brilliant wooden chalet by the sea. After I'd worked in the (wonderful) schools, I went running on the coastal path and wrote 7000 words (in 3 days) of The Squad 2.
I missed home, yes... but I got a lot done.
Today - from the sublime to the whatever - I ended up at Man U.
Sometimes you have to compromise.
I was there to deliver the second of ten training days for libraries and schools who are running a Premier League Reading Stars scheme in 2012.
More info about PLRS, a scheme run by the National Literacy Trust, here: PLRS.
It was a great day. Just like the training day we did on Monday in Newcastle. The funny thing was the place was packed with Leeds fans.
Speaking of Leeds United, at one of the schools in Wales a teacher brought me a cup of tea in a Man United mug.
I declined, of course.
One of his lovely colleagues saw what had happened and went away to create this for me.
Like I said: lovely people, the Welsh.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
This is me and a teacher's attempt to work out ways we can get a class of children acting like spies, while also getting them into writing.
Today was about creating a narrative...
... and interpreting the raw material provided by a set of photos taken of a murder.
Part one. The children and I worked through a page from The Simpson's magazine (with the words whited out) to try and work out what was hapenning in the story. This went well. They were all familiar - and therefore comfortable - with The Simpsons and wanted to understand what Bart, Lisa and Santa's Little Helper were up to.
This was a warm up for the real spy work.
Part two. We gave the children six photos (see three of them above) of a scene involving four people.
1. A man and a woman have a drink together.
2. While the man is distracted, the woman slips a poison into his drink.
3. The man drinks.
4. The man collapses.
5. The man falls on the floor - dead.
6. The woman pours the remaining drink out of the glass.
The children had to work out the order of the pictures, working out the whats, whens and hows, then write a two-sentence narrative to explain what was going on. They wrote it in the form of a spy's report. Just the same as writing a story.
This worked well too. Linking the pictures and working out the questions arising gave them good idea of how I put my stories together - expect they did a better job than me.
Part three. This is unrelated to the story, but still about spying.
We took the children outside and they practiced 'live drops', where one person passes a bag or newspaper onto another person, swapping an identical item.
This, of course, is how spies around the world pass information to each other...
The plan is to do spy/writing exercises. To see what works. And what doesn't. Then to produce a toolkit of how to form your own Year Six Spy Ring.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
I've been lucky.
In March I went to Krakow to research my forthcoming football spy book, Squad: Black Op.
The idea is that a group of five children - using the cover of being part of an England youth football team - are sent to spy on and stop a former KGB agent from attacking the England team.
I chose Krakow as a guess. It might be the kind of place England would base themselves for EURO 2012, as it is quite near the border of the two host countries, Poland and Ukraine.
It has just been announced that England are basing themselves in...
If you're heading to Poland for EURO 2012, I can recommend the city. It is beautiful and friendly.
Listen out for the trumpeter who plays every fifteen minutes from the church above. That trumpet call is central to the plot of my story - and has a great story of its own.
Squad: Black Op is out in May 2012, published by Puffin Books.
Saturday, 12 November 2011
I'm really pleased to say that my book - Own Goal - is on the Highly Recommended list. Things like that make me feel like I'm doing a decent job as a writer.
I'm also pleased because I think a lot of anything to do with the FCBG.
I've spent a lot of time doing events with the FCBG. All over the UK. Last week I was in Norfolk and Suffolk with teachers, librarians and booksellers from the FCBG.
In the spring I went to their conference and met other authors, parents and general childrens' book lovers too.
I learned loads just by talking to all these people about their passion for books and ways of encouraging children to read books.
Anthony Horowitz said 'The Federation of Children's Book Groups, has, in its own quiet, single-minded way, done more for reading than almost anyone else.' That's a hell of a recommendation.
If you want to know more about the FCBG: www.fcbg.org.uk
And the award: Red House Book Award
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
|50 Cent's new book, Playground|
In the past I have opened two school libraries, but never a playground.
The best bit about opening the playground was watching the children playing there. Before and after I opened it.
I love taking my daughter to playgrounds. She climbs, spins, swings, jumps and - sometimes - falls. I watch on, trying not to tell her to be careful too many times.
Conicidentally, I am reading a book called Playground. It's by 50 Cent. Yes him.
It's about a boy who commits an act of pretty unplesant violence in the playground. The story is told through a series of sessions he has with a counseller following the attack. Great start.
I'm not finished yet, but I am slowly forming an opinion on the book. And also on the issue of whether it is really good or annoying that celebrities in other fields write children's books.
More to follow...
Friday, 4 November 2011
|Me in Ghana, meeting school kids. |
I taught them several Leeds United songs.
The tour runs from 27th February to March 10th.
I'll be working with Divine Chocolate, who very kindly helped me visit Ghanaian cocoa bean farms in 2009.
The trip helped me to write my book, Off Side, which is about a Ghanaian boy called Kofi, who has a chance to play football in Europe and whose family runs a cocoa bean farm.
I'll be talking about my trip during the events and about how I have seen that our buying of fairtrade products makes a huge difference in farmers' lives. I'll also be handing out free Dubble Bars!
There is more information about the tour here. Please do get in touch if you want more information.
I had a great time running the events during the Rugby World Cup, trying to encourage children to read through their love of Rugby Union.
The Six Nations takes place from February 4th to March 17th, so I'll be offering events then.
There is more information on my website here. You can also read quotes from the schools where I've run the game already.
These are the 2.3 metre high rugby posts that I use when I do the event.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Barrington Stoke publish my book, Scrum!
I am really proud to be published by them, because I have met so many teachers and librarians and children who think the world of them and their books.
It's Dyslexia Awareness Week this week and - as if by magic - I got my first email from a reader telling me what they thought about Scrum!
I have read up to page 15 of your book scrum and I am totally loving it right now. I got this book at 6.30 tonight and I've only put it down to email you.
S, age 9
Getting emails from readers is one of the best things about being a writer. To know that, at this moment, someone is sitting there, somewhere, reading one of my books and liking it, is a great feeling.
This week we are more aware than ever that some children struggle to read. But we should also be aware that, because of publishers like Barrington Stoke, if these children find the right books, they can start to build the confidence and ability to become readers.
There's a great round up of Barrington Stoke's latest books here, published by the Daily Telegraph today.
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Dark Matter by Michelle Paver is an ourstanding book. The perfect novel to borrow or buy at Halloween. Or to complement the BBC's current Frozen Planet series.
It is the story of a group of young men who travel to Svalbard in the upper Arctic to carry out a survey. Into the Polar Night of twenty-four hours darkness. 1937.
If you want to know what the light - and darkness - is like in the upper Arctic, this is the book for you.
The characters, setting, historical period and plot blend together to create a superb read.
Dark Matter is also a ghost story. A chilling unnerving beautiful ghost story.
(By the way: the paperback - just out - is white, not like this cover for the hardback.)
Saturday, 29 October 2011
I'm not claiming to be a good runner. I'm not. I'm a slow runner. But I love it all the same.
This is the gate I go through when I run on the fells.
It's a bit like one of those magic entrances in children's fiction. C S Lewis' wardrobe. Lewis Carroll's rabbit hole. Enid Blyton's tree.
When I am through that gate I feel free and happy and empty and absolutely knackered.
Fell running is about running in the hills. Sometimes on tracks. Sometimes through wild grass. Sometimes knee deep through mud and bog. For some people it is about speed. But not for me.
I've got this route I do. Up from the Shepherd's Rest pub above Todmorden, into the Pennines past Gaddings Dam, all the way round Warland Reservoir and back to the pub. Six miles exactly. An ascent of about 400 feet.
Today I did it for the first time under and hour. It felt good. Really good.
But I don't just do it to be faster. I like to see how the tops change as the seasons change. In January the paths became rivers of ice. In July they were hard-packed and dusty. One day a grassy area will be bouncy and easy going: the next it will suck your feet deep into the hillside. You get different birds (like curlews and geese) and animals (like deer) up there. Occassionally even humans.
Two days ago I miscalculated the light and had to walk the last two miles because it went very dark. It was so beautiful up there.
One day I'll enter a proper fell race. One day.
Friday, 28 October 2011
This week so far:
207 from the UK
23 from Holland
21 from Ireland
48 from Russia
I understand the Ireland ones. I spent Monday to Wednesday there working with 500 kids. A lovely time. Such nice kids - and adults.
My book Dead Ball is about Danny Harte taking on a Russian billionnaire who is intent on murdering England footballers. I wrote a follow up story to that, where the billionnaire actually comes after me for writing that book. (You can read it all for free here.)
They weren't impressed.
So... in my next book everyone thinks the Russians are the baddies, whereas in fact it's the...
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
It's an easy device.
In the Foul Play series, my football detective, Danny Harte, had a very close relationship with his dad. He phoned home all the time. Part of his problem was trying to be a detective without lying to his dad about where he was.
That was not so easy. It was hard to write about a boy solving crimes across the world, who also had to stay in touch and not lie.
But family is really important to me. I've written books about parenthood (such as Four Fathers, published by Route). I wanted it there. Parent-child relationships are important in my Football Academy series too. Central to it.
That's why it's so odd that I am writing about five orphans now.
Except something is happening. They're starting to pine for family life. One of them has had contact from an uncle and is considering leaving the world of international espionage to go back to family life and love.
I've not planned it, but now all the children are wondering if they would be better off being loved in a family as opposed to than spying. But before they decice that they have to stop World War Three.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
I'm reading this book. It is wonderful. There's a great plot, magnificent characters and an underlying sense of impending dooooooom.
But the best thing about Snow Drops is its sense of place.
It is set in Moscow and describes the streets, clubs, parks, underground and people of the city wonderfully. The author lived there for several years and it shows. He gets the place perfectly, without resorting to cliches.
Sense of place is important to me. I like to write books set abroad. I've set them in Moscow, Accra, Milan, Krakow and Tromso. I try to go to the places I write about. Writing about new places keeps my writing sharp. I hope.
Miller's book has helped remind me that I need to keep trying to do that. And to not let up.
|Me and next to the pink palace feature in Ashbourne Library|
Monday, 24 October 2011
This is me on the Hurtigruten. Not a great photo, but I took it at arm's length.
The trip on the Hurtigruten has given me so many ideas. When you've seen vast glaciers hanging over the fjords in a midnight half-light (and felt freaked out by it) it helps you describe a place and a feeling of fear. That's the plan, anyway.
I am really looking forward to these scenes. I want to push myself to get it right, to make the reader feel anxiety, awe and anger at what goes on in the story. It's a big thing to ask of myself. But I've got a half chance because of that trip.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
The reason is it was becoming unsafe to be on there. There are dark forces at work, mark my words.
So instead of microblogging I am going to blog here more often.
Sadly, no one will read it because most of the traffic to the blog comes from those three sources.
Here's a nice picture THAT I TOOK to illustrate my blog.
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Thursday, 8 September 2011
I have wanted to go to Tromso for years. It appeals to me because it's the most northern city in the world. It's almost at the top of Norway, with nothing but water and ice before you hit the North Pole.
For some reason that idea has obsessed me. To go somewhere like that. The only way that is going to happen is if I set a book there.
The story - probably called WHITE FEAR - is about five children who are trying to prevent WW3 breaking out. As the ice melts in the Arctic Circle, more oil, gas and other resources are made accessible - and several countries want to lay a claim. It could easily be a source of enormous tension within years.
That's the backdrop. The story will consist of the children listening in, following, chasing, being chased and - in the darkest scene - being hunted like animals across the mountains around Tromso.
That's why I went up to the mountains today. It was wonderful.
First, I took a cable car, then hiked into the mountains behind. I wasn't sure what I was looking for. That's part of the reason for going: to get ideas, to see what might work and what might not. It's the easiest and most exciting part of writing a book. Anything can happen.
* a mountain refuge hut - perfect for the children to hide in when hit by a blizzard and now I know exactly what they look like and how they could save the children's lives
* an Arctic hare the size of a goat - something for them to hunt, as they may be up there some time
* spectacular views of fjords, mountains, glaciers and how they made me feel - to help with the description
* a plane coming into the airport, so low that I was above it and could see the pilot's face - ideas for a military or search flight in the story
* the cable car itself and how it rocked in the wind - that just has to be involved, the peril will be fantastic, hanging on a wire in a metal box in a howling gale
But, more than anything, it was the feel of a place that I was after. How it felt to be up there for four hours seeing no other person. The power of the wind and how it pushed me around. The rocks underfoot. Then the bare soil stripped of life, except for a few dead roots. The feelings of loneliness, paranoia, excitement and heightened alertness.
I like setting books in new and distant places. I have set books in Ghana and Moscow in the past and like to think I caught the feel of the places. I went to Ghana and Moscow too. They're both such different places to England and they would have been weaker books had I not visited them. I got details I could include, but, equally importantly, I left things out that I might have included. Errors. Cliches. Inaccuracies.
That's why I went to Tromso.
Tomorrow, I'm going to all the museums in Tromso, devoted to explorers like Nansen and Amundsen. I want to work in an exploration dimension to the book, but I'm not sure what. The museums will help me.
Then, that evening, I will head off on a boat to the very northern tip of Norway.
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Saturday, 3 September 2011
They are very different, but both excellent in their own right.
Rugby World (September 2011, £4.10) is your classic glossy, thick, well-put-together monthly. Like FourFourTwo or Runners' World in other sports. It is ful of well-written articles and interviews and indteresting features. This World Cup special features interviews with Ben Foden and an excellent pullout about England's pool in the World Cup.
The Rugby Paper (£1.50) is more like a newspaper. In fact, that's what it is. It has match reports from England down to some of the lower leagues. Very up-to-the-minute opinion pieces by writers like Jeff Probyn, Peter Jackson and Matt Emery. All about rugby with no other sports to get in the way. This is edition (August 28th 2011) has a pull out guide to the Aviva Premiership too. It made me wonder why there wasn't something like this for football.
The third featured here is Sir Clive Woodward's Guide to the World Cup (£2.95). This is an interesting combination of a basic run down of all the teams and the players likely to grab the headlines, plus three or four essays by Sir Clive about captaincy, motivation and sports psychology. I found it really interesting and can see why he is in demand as a speaker across business as well as sport. A good price for a glossy magazine.
In the next week you'll be able to pick up the October 2011 RUGBY WORLD and this week's THE RUGBY PAPER, as well as the THE RUGBY PAPER'S Essential World Cup Guide, so, if you're skint, stay out of newsagents.
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Monday, 29 August 2011
Saturday, 27 August 2011
It's about a boy who has extraordinary pace on the rugby field. When he gets the ball he can really fly down the wing and he goes from being an ordinary player to a child star in a professional team. But it also about the boy and his dad and his friends and who they relate to each other as he becomes successsful.
Steven now has three dilemmas: Rugby League or Union, Dad or Step Dad, north v south.
Friday, 26 August 2011
This is the first of a series of rugby book reviews in the run-up to Rugby World Cup 2011, which runs from 9th September to 23rd October.
The Official Guide to RWC 2011 is very good. It's just what you need on the table by your armchair as you settle down to watch 48 games of rugby union over 45 days.
Like most official guides it contains the following sections, written in clear and concise English:
* a bit about New Zealand (in case you can actually afford to go an see the tournament)
* the road to the World Cup - how teams qualified
* a run down on all the teams, in pool order
(pools are the groups the teams are in during the early stages of the tournament)
* some great rugby world cup moments
* the possible star players
* a double page spread on each of the six tournaments since the first in 1987
* some frankly fascinating stats and facts for you to run through during the ad breaks, as the whole tournament is on ITV
That's what's in it. But what is it like?
It's not long-winded, but it has lots of interesting information.
The mix of text and pictures is well done and looks exciting.
It can be read as a need-to-know reference book or as a linear read.
It includes some unforgettable moments, including Mandela handing the Springbok captain the trophy in 1995 and Johhny Wilkinson's 2003 drop goal.
And... and it has a score chart to fill in!
That's it. It's very good. Full stop.
The Official Guide to the 2011 Rugby World Cup is published by Carlton Books.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
I read Anthony Clavane's Guardian Top Ten of Football Fiction this morning.
He includes A Kestel for a Knave, Goalkeepers are Different, Football Factory and others. Even the mighty
B S Johnson. Some great books.
But let's be honest: there's not a lot of decent football fiction around now - and there never has been.
That's why Anthony's list is a bit thin. If he had to do a second XI list, he'd be struggling.
The Damned United is the only stand out well-known novel about the beautiful game in recent years.
Or is it?
Now, don't get me wrong. I like Anthony. We're friends. We share a lot: football team (Leeds United), literary agent, a love of Tony Harrison's poems. His book - Promised Land - is a good read.
But what about children's books? Or Young Adult fiction?
This is not me trying to get my books in Anthony's list. His is clearly a list for adults. And I'm not the one to say mine would even get on a kids' top ten. There are plenty of great writers in the genre.
But I think Mal Peet's three football books - Keeper, Penalty and Exposure - are better than all the books on Anthony's list.
They are beautifully written, complex, and deeply moving. They include themes such as deforestation, ghosts, magic and celebrity meglomanic. And they are about football.
But not football in the sense of just kicking a ball around. They are about how players cope with fame, about what journalists have to do to get a story, about how some players can be very vulnerable and how fans fit into the picture. They chart the human condition superbly.I think it is to do with classification. If a book is called a children's book or a Young Adult book, most adults would not consider it.
If you know an adult football fan, get them Keeper or Exposure. Football fiction at its best.
Anthony Clavane's list of ten great football fictions
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
I am working with Wrexham Football Club in the autumn on a scheme that will reach 360 chldren from 12 schools.
I have worked on sports literacy schemes for over a decade, most notbaly on the Premier League Reading Stars scheme for the last eight years. I also have a lot of free resources about football and literacy available on my website.
But Wrexham is new for me. It's a term-long scheme that will reach each of the children seven times.
Here is what we're going to do.
Over two days in September, each school will come to Wrexham's Racecourse Ground. They will spend a half day at the stadium, enjoying three sessions:
* taking part in my Football Reading Game, a literacy quiz that features a penalty shoot out
* a training session with Wrexham FC coaches
* a tour of the Racecourse Ground and talk about its history
The children will come in on buses, all covered by the project.
I have devised a five-part course of sessions the children can do back at their schools in October and November. The five sessions are:
* reading football in newspapers and writing their own articles
* looking at biograhies of football players and creating their own of their favourite player
* a reading group looking at one of my books, or one of the free stories I have on my website
* a trip to Wrexham Library to meet librarians and do the Football Reading Library Treasure Hunt (coaches paid for by the scheme)
* creating posters and activities to encourage the children taking part to enthuse other children at the school to read and write about football
A session for all twelve schools with a panel of football reading experts, including:
* a Wrexham AFC player
* a well known Wrexham related journalist
* a football story author (me again)
We are doing this because we want to find ways of encouraging football fans to become excited about reading around the game. Also, with the hope that they become more involved with their local club in a place that is dangerously close to Manchester and Liverpool; and at a time that Wrexham FC is in a perilous state.
The money for the scheme has come from a bid Wrexham FC applied for to run educational schemes.
All the free resourcues mentioned above can be found on my website.
I had a message from a football fan called Austin this week.
He'd read my blog about using football to encourage children to read.
This is what three generations of his family do every week.
(The photo is not of Austin, but one I took off the internet.)
"Every Saturday morning I sit down with my son and we read the football section in the newspaper. We then attempt to predict the results of the weekend's games in the Premier League. A correct score is worth 5 points, a correct result 3 points.
"Grandad sends us his predictions as well.
"We put £1 in the pot each week. (I put my son's in.) And we keep a spreadsheet of the results and points.
"The winner is the one with the most points at the end of the season."
I thought it sounded brilliant, so I wanted to share it.
For your information: Austin's son is in the lead so far.
Sunday, 14 August 2011
The last tip is to start watching the new weekly show: THE FOOTBALL READING SHOW.
The first one is a bit shaky, but in future weeks I'll take you on a tour of reading in bookshops, libraries and football stadia, as well as introducing you to footballers, authors and lots of readers.
Thanks for reading these blogs and for the nice responses.