This remarkable new autobiography recalls the days when rugby league could be brutal and was regularly described as ‘The toughest sport in the World.’
It follows Keith from his days at Hull KR in the mid-sixties where he packed down with legends such as Peter Flanagan and Frank Foster, to the climax of his unique career, playing for Maitland in Australia during the seventies, in the highly competitive Newcastle league.
‘We thought he was a god from another planet’ said Maitland team mate and later Hull FC coach, Peter Sharp, after Keith had played and won in two Grand Finals.
But ‘Red & White Phoenix’ is far more than just a sporting memoir. Keith’s playing days provide the centrepiece of a finely woven story, containing tales from Hull’s illustrious history, memories of youthful exuberance, anecdotes from a fascinating working life and a heart-breaking account recalling the tragic death of his son Jason.
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On a cold, wet morning in early January 1963, as the wind rattled the ratlines of the trawlers waiting for the tide, two fifteen-year-old schoolboys looked across St Andrews Dock towards the Hull trawler ‘Lord Jellicoe’.
One of the boys, me, was about to join the ‘Lord Jellicoe’ on my first trip to sea… and set out on a new life with some excitement, fear and the thought of – what have I let myself in for?
‘Changing Course’ recalls the lifetime of experiences that followed. From my life as a naïve young sailor, to joining the Merchant Navy in search of more exotic places - and then my time working on almost every type of ship imaginable. And finally, how the Seafarers’ Education Service, the Open University and some significant individuals assisted me to successfully navigate down a diverse and unexpected career path.
In February 2013 I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer. This is the story of my subsequent battle with the disease and how my family and I faced up to our new challenges.
It is a totally honest account of events and details the despair and the elation, the laughter and the tears, and the entire myriad of emotions that I’m sure all cancer patients must experience. But throughout it all, I had one goal on which I never lost focus. I dreamt of holding my wife Ann in my arms and saying to her, ‘I told you I’d beat it.’ And I did!
‘Straight from the heart with raw emotion and laugh out loud humour.’
‘A great read. Made me laugh and cry. Would inspire others who are suffering this awful disease.’
November was upon us and around Bear Island we started to experience the stormy northeast winds and zero temperatures. These conditions deteriorated further as the months went on. Months when there was no daylight, just endless night. Months when the trawls had to be hosed down with hot water. When the winches had to be freed of ice. And when the radar stopped working and I had to climb onto the bridge to chip the ice off the aerials. Months when virtually everything on board was frozen...
Whilst the trawlers were at sea, wives would be constantly aware of the great dangers encountered by their men-folk in this most dangerous of professions...
I feared that the Icelandic Cod War would prove to be a huge victory for Iceland and undoubtedly signal the eventual decline of Hull’s trawling fleet...
Fishermen always seemed to get a raw deal when it came to political settlements. But they kept their dignity and fished on regardless. They were, without doubt, a very rare breed of men...
In 1960, David Marshall’s life changed forever in the shark-infested waters of the South Pacific... Surviving a traumatic ‘man overboard’ experience, he embarked on a lifetime’s quest dedicated to improving maritime safety. And prompted by his own experience and the tragic loss of life at sea, his forty-year crusade to invent a rescue beacon began.
His tortuous journey of dedication and success was achieved in the face of continuous difficulty. Battles against devious American investors, unsupportive banks and British Government bureaucracy, were just some of the hurdles that he had to overcome.
But today, David Marshall’s beacon has helped to save thousands of lives.
This is his remarkable story...
Local author Tony Nolan celebrates some of the famous individuals and wonderful characters that were born and raised in Hull. The book details the life stories and the amazing achievements of people from the UK City of Culture 2017, with a countdown of the Top 50.
Find out: Which sports star was sent off three times in one match? Who, after emigrating to the USA, sent for mushy peas and custard from Hull to remind them of home? Which war hero marched at the head of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral procession? And which female appeared in an advertisement for sportswear giants Nike?
Discover all of this and much more about the fifty special people that are...
‘Hull Born & Bred’.
Henry Fitzgerald is nearly six years old and lives in West Hull. One day, whilst helping his dad he discovers two green creatures living in the garage. Colin and Snotty were minding their own business when Henry, Beth and Nancy came into their lives. Things were going to change and not always for the best.
Beth thinks the creatures are disgusting. Nancy thinks they are cats and Zoe just wants one as a pet.
Let the fun begin...
Skipper James Williams' book ‘Swinging The Lamp’ charts from being a boy sailor with the Royal Navy to being part of the biggest deep-sea fishery on Earth in its hey-day, as a Hull trawler skipper...
With his easy story-telling manner, few are better qualified to tell these tales. ‘Swinging The Lamp’ is an interesting book filled with adventure and living history.
Skipper James Williams' autobiography is not only the story of a life; but testament to a way of life. You will be the better for the reading of it. I was.
Brian Lavery, December 2013.
This ‘stranger than fiction’ biography tells the real-life story of Margaret Burns, who was born in 1889 into an ordinary working class family from the north of England. As she grew up, she yearned to escape the stifling constraints of her mundane existence but had neither the means nor the opportunity to pursue her dreams.
Her life was changed dramatically however by the tragic repercussions of World War One, as she was forced to make some shocking decisions.
Was Margaret the devious and self-centred woman many thought her to be or merely an unseen casualty of war, who committed the most desperate deeds to simply survive?
Would her scheming realise her dreams or would she, ultimately, have to pay the price for her deceitful past?
And as the story reaches its dramatic climax, why did she become ‘The Woman Who Didn’t Exist’?
There have been many books written about art and volumes of technical advice for the benefit of artists everywhere. But nothing to date has been written which shares forty years’ experience in understanding some of the commercial secrets of the art market and more important, how to help translate your work into money.
Written by International Art Dealer James Starkey, ‘Painting For Profit’ takes you through easy to read chapters to facilitate your understanding of the art market, dealers, agents, auction houses and many other topics. Above all it teaches you to undertake some personal analysis and asks whether you should possibly reinvent yourself as an artist, in order to stand a better chance of success.
This enlightening book is essential reading for artists and anyone connected with the current art market who feels that they are not above refreshing their experience and possibly learning something new...
Two stories set in Hull but with nearly 500 years separating them are superbly intertwined in this wonderful and engrossing saga...
Thom Wright knew well the streets of the Bilton Grange Estate in Hull.
They were threatening to strangle his life before it had begun. With a no-hope mother and a drug gang to keep him warm, Thom was headed in one direction.
His heart had hardened. He would only endure. Until...
By 1536 the desperation of Henry VIII to find a wife who could bear him a son had led him to the point of ruin. His intransigence and arrogance led to him replacing the Pope as head of the Church in England. But when he began ransacking religious houses; houses which did so much to help the poor, he was not prepared for the trouble which threatened to sweep him away! When the commons rose in anger all across the North, their Pilgrimage for Grace began and ended in Hull.
Would their story inspire Thom to live; to love again?
Would their story inspire Thom to be a... Pilgrim.
This book is about an ordinary lad from Yorkshire, who possessed an extraordinary talent. It’s about an individual who used that gift to become one of the greatest rugby league players – not just of his era – but of all time. It’s about a sporting genius. But most of all it’s about a winner...
For those readers who followed Roger’s career, it will provide you with an informative and nostalgic trip down memory lane. And for those of you that didn’t, it will give you an insight into a unique, sporting career that the world will undoubtedly never see again...
(Following Roger’s untimely death in May 2016, all profits from the sale of his autobiography will be donated to his chosen charities.)
Maureen was only three years old when her Mam brought Fred home and the cruelty and abuse started.Fortunately, she didn’t see much of him at first, as he sailed away to ‘far off places’ on ‘the big’boats’. But when tragedy struck and Fred was no longer able to go to sea, all their lives changed forever. Marooned in a tiny terraced house in the backstreets of post-war Hull, Fred’s drunken lifestyle sank to new depths.
How would Maureen survive long enough to bring an end to her nightmare?