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World Cup 2014

In case you missed it because you live on a desert island or you hate football (in which case, you might want to Google another writer but please come back after July 13th) – England kick off their World Cup campaign in Brazil tonight … Continue reading

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James Riordan 1936-2012

I was sad to discover children’s writer James Riordan has died of a brain tumour. He was 76. Jim was a lovely guy. I met him at an author  party at Oxford University Press. I don’t know how we got chatting … Continue reading


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Deja Vu

Now that my blog entries are much easier to scroll down I’ve spent a few minutes re-reading earlier entries. I clicked on ‘May 2010’ to find out what I was doing this time last year and I was in Kiev … Continue reading

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Match of Death August 9th 1942

 On this day in 1942, FC Start played Flakelf at football in what became known as The Match of Death. FC Start, made up of players from Dynamo Kiev, were ordered by the Gestapo at half time not to beat … Continue reading

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Kiev part 2: football

One of the main things I wanted to see in Kiev was the statue to the four Dynamo Kiev/FC Start players who were executed by the Nazis during WW2. Unfortunately my tour guide, Helen, had no knowledge of where it … Continue reading


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Letter written by King George V as a child © Bodleian Library, Oxford OK, so we’ve got Facebook and Twitter and email and Youtube and txt (LOL) and telephones and four million other ways of communicating with each other but … Continue reading

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Reads United take Padiham Town Hall by storm…

waiting for the best day of their lives to begin… The football season officially started on Friday March 12th when Reads United hit Padiham. Padiham, until then a sleepy town near Burnley in Lancashire, had never known such fuss since … Continue reading


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After posting yesterday’s piece on  Miep Gries I’ve been thinking about bravery. I write about bravery a lot. Nika’s story, ‘What’s Ukrainian for Football’ is about bravery.  In it, Nika re-tells the true story of FC Start, a Ukrainian football … Continue reading

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What’s Ukrainian for Football?

Nika This is the second Girls FC title being released this week and it’s the one that made my editors cry.  Now that’s an accolade!  I’m proud of this one, too. It’s my first novel using a real event from … Continue reading

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