Launching Over the Line


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.

Then  the Manchester Children’s Book Festival approached me. They wanted to do a pair of events in one day.  One in the National Football Museum. The other in the Imperial War Museum North.

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.