Ho, ho, ho… Christmas is coming!
If you’re struggling for gift ideas, hopefully this list of rugby league books released in 2011 might give you some inspiration….
- Gillette Rugby League Yearbook 2011-12, by Tim Butcher and Daniel Spencer – the 21st century’s answer to the Rothmans, this is another extensive tome.
- Darren Lockyer – Autobiogarphy, by Darren Lockyer – one of rugby league’s greatest ever players looks back on an outstanding career.
- From Hawera to Wigan, by Graeme West and Andrew Quirke – A Wigan hero tells his story, from New Zealand to taxi driving.
- The Official Super League Annual 2012, by Neil Barraclough – Perfect stocking filler for the youngsters in your family.
- Benji: My Story, by Benji Marshall and Glenn Jackson – he’s got all the moves, but is Benji’s book just as good?
- The King of Brilliance: James Lomas, by Graham Morris – Like rugby league? Like history? This is for you.
- The Bald Truth, by Keith Senior and Peter Smith – The highest profile release of 2011 lived up the hype.
- From Grass to Glass, by Paul Loughlin and Andrew Quirke – Heart-warming, funny, nostalgic. An entertaining read from one of Britain’s best ever centres.
- From Hull to Hell and Back, by Lee Crooks and Vince Groak – Crooks is honest and amusing in the surprise hit of 2011.
- Being John Stankevitch, by John Stankevitch – A must-read for all young players, Stankevitch lays bare all the gory details of life after rugby league.
- A Welshman in Halifax: Garfield Owen, by Andrew Hardcastle – A well-researched biography of one of Halifax’s finest.
- The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE, by Maurice Bamford – How one man played professional rugby league until his mid-40s. Remarkable.
- Best in the Northern Union, by Tom Mather – International rugby league’s original pioneers made history in 1910; Mather reveals how in fascinating detail.
- 20 Legends: Castleford Rugby League, by Phil Hodgson – Nikau, McGoldrick, Atkinson… but no Dwain Chambers!
If we’ve missed anything, let us know and we’ll be happy to add it to the list.
In the meantime, here’s Rugby League Books’ 2011 Christmas sing-along. All together now…
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…
12 James Lomases
11 Darren Lockyers
10 Tigers legends
9 Aussie tourists
8 Warrior Jeffs
7 Garfield Owens
5 Trips to Hull
4 Paul Loughlins
2 Graeme Wests
And The Bald Truth by Mr Senior.