The Great Escape? by Sandy Jamieson

great-escape-thumb“The Great Escape?” is that rarity, an intelligent readable novel about football and families. It is the story of Derek Duncan, a Celtic supporter from birth, who became a Scottish international football player, and his attempt to make himself an immortal football manager. He intends to do with a struggling provincial English club Griston City, something similar to what Matt Busby and Bill Shankly his spiritual predecessors, did with Manchester United and Liverpool, and turn a moderate club into a modern giant, able to challenge for top honours not only in England but in Europe.

The book deals with his first season, when he takes over a Griston team rooted to the bottom of the table and determines to save them if humanly possible from the relegation to which they seemed doomed prior to his appointment.

It is about the stresses faced by a manager of a team on the edge and the effect of these pressures in his life and loves. It also explores the impact of these events on the other people involved in the world of football, the players, the Chairman and his daughter, the Board members and most of all, the supporters that hold the club dear.

As well as an examination of the world of professional football, The Great Escape? is also a modern love story about the growing relationship between a lonely manager and  a lovely young woman who understands his situation.

The Great Escape? also demonstrates how an obsession with football can distort father- daughter relationships and it is essential reading for those affected by this phenomenon, directly or indirectly.

Original Response to The Great Escape?

It was described in the Herald review as “at last an intelligent and readable novel about football and life” and “strong in narrative”. Other reviews called it “the best novel about football I have ever read” and “the ideal present for football fans of all ages and both sexes”. The main theme of all comments on its original publication were about how well written and readable it was.

Unfortunately at the time of its publication technical and legal problems prevented Ringwood for giving “The Great Escape?” the promotion, publicity and distribution it deserved, but it still sold well in Scotland’s main cities. These problems are now long resolved and it is expected “The Great Escape?” will again prove very popular.

ISBN: 1901514-01-3
ISBN: 978-1-901514-01-8
Format: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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Post and Packaging Costs

For UK orders post and packaging costs are £2.01 for one book, bringing the total cost to £12.00 for either Own Goal or The Great Escape. Each additional book increases post and packaging costs by £1.00.

For orders to be delivered to Europe, the Americas or anywhere else in the world the post and packaging costs are £3.01 for the first book, and £1.00 for each additional book.

For example, an order for “Own Goal” and “The Great Escape?” would be attract £3.01 P&P for the UK, and £4.01 P&P for the rest of the World.

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Relaunch of Ringwood Publishing

Ringwood Publishing is delighted to announce that it is relaunching itself after a period of inactivity and will soon be back in full business. Details will shortly be released of the two titles to be reissued to coincide with the re-launch. Already four new titles are scheduled for publication in the Autumn of this year …

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