The Little Book of Boro
By Robert Nichols
Tuesday 17 Dec 2019 09:59:00
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This is a book of football stories penned by Boro fans - it was a competition and the top three head the volume of fiction and non fiction all with a strong Boro connection. Published by local Billingham publishing house 6th Element, the idea is to coax people into writing and reading stories through a subject we all love and loathe, the Boro.

I helped judge and the top prize went to octogenarian Jack Bolton for a beautifully written article about his time watching Boro. I love the detail. You might recall Jack when he was interviewed by Billy the Bee from Brentford last season - Jack had actually watched Boro play at Griffin Park just after the War. He mentions this experience again in the book, recounting a lifetime of watching Boro that has been passed in the blood to his son Gary, a long time home and away supporter.

The essays are both non fiction and fiction - they span the years from Ayresome through to the Riverside. There is much nostalgia here from the sounds of Radio Ayresome to walking past Wright's Tower House and along Linthorpe Road to the floodlights call. But the book is also some bang up to date with romance and crime dramas set by the Tees and the dock. There is even an intervention from a creature surfacing from the waters.
I wrote the Foreword - which I ought to have called the Forward, probably.. not. I was one of three judges. A difficult process as there can be only one winner. And yet everyone of the finalists was a winner, what could be a better prize than featuring in a Boro Christmas book.

The promise is for a Children's book next year with the same format.
Warning this book only came out last week but has almost sold out already from its limited print run. I wouldn't hang about. Dave Brown manager at WH Smiths, Teesside Park and a fellow judge says the Little Book of Boro will be all gone over the next few days.

It costs £6.99 - I would go in WH Smiths Teesside Park as they expecting a delivery today - the first batch sold out last week.

Or you can order online at the local publishers 6th element.

Click to order and further details

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