Tomorrow is the official launch of my WW1 children’s book, Over the Line.
I wasn’t sure where to launch it at first. It’s a WW1 story, but also a football book.
Jack Cock is a young football player in 1914. He decides to give up his blossoming football career to sign up for the trenches. He and his fellow Footballers’ Battalion players have a torrid time. But Jack survives the Somme and goes on to play for England in their first post-war international. His debut. He scores after 30 seconds.
There was no appropriate venue that had both football and WW1 at its core. So it was hard to decide.
I am so grateful to them for their imaginative programming.
Now I can give the book the launch that Jack deserves. I will be at the Imperial War Museum at 11 a.m., then the National Football Museum at 2 p.m.
I will be talking about Jack and his fellow footballers/soldiers, then hosting a World Cup football reading game.
There is more information about the event – and the Trench Tweet project – here.
Thanks for reading.