John Sweeney discusses Rooney's Gold on BBC Radio 5 Live

  • May 28, 2010 15:26
  • Katy Scholes

Listen to John Sweeney discuss his new book with Stephen Nolan on BBC Radio 5 Live by clicking HERE

(John Sweeney features c.8 minutes into the show)


Rooney's Gold by John Sweeney

  • May 28, 2010 10:49
  • Katy Scholes

58100387 The uncensored life of the nation's greatest footballer, and the people who have sought to exploit his gifts. The book they tried to stop.

The English like their lions rough, not smooth. This is the story of the rise and fall and rise again of Wayne Rooney, a boy from the mean streets of broken Britain - few streets meaner than Croxteth in Liverpool - lifted out of poverty by his footballing genius to play for Manchester United and England. On the pitch (most of the time) a hero. Off it, the centrepiece, with his wife Coleen, of perhaps the most vacuous media soap opera of modern times.

Rough, working class, surrounded by an unlikely crew - including a controversial agent, a crooked lawyer, tarts and gangsters - Wayne Rooney was a tabloid angel who became a demon overnight when it was alleged that he'd been having sex with a PVC-clad granny called the Auld Slapper. (There's no serious evidence that ever happened but on Planet Rooney the truth is stranger than fiction.) He shrugged off the abuse and carried on scoring goals. Lots of them. He can be bad-tempered and he can use bad language, but there's no doubting his passion for the beautiful game.

ROONEY'S GOLD looks at the characters who have been attracted to the fabulous money Rooney gets for kicking a ball around a field. Some of them have tainted his gold. Some of them will not enjoy reading this book. One of them - his agent Paul Stretford, fined and banned for nine months by the Football Association - did his best to stop it. John Sweeney's book is certainly no hagiography. Irreverent, hilarious and surprising, ROONEY'S GOLD is a warts-and-all biography of England's most famous sportsman and the iniquities of some of those who have sought their pound of flesh. It's an attack on how Big Money taxes our passion for football and an attack on celebrity culture. But it is, above all, the story of a boy who, despite all the forces pulling him down, rose up to become a hero.



Speaking to Lead by John Shosky

  • May 28, 2010 10:35
  • Katy Scholes

Speaking to Lead How to make speeches that make a difference.

If you are looking for a standard public speaking book, this is not the title you want. If, however, you are looking to make a difference in your career, then SPEAKING TO LEAD is the book for you.

As a speechwriter and consultant, John Shosky’s credentials are impeccable. Since 1984 he has worked with people at the highest levels of government and business, including three presidential administrations and many top executives from Fortune 500 companies. He has written nearly 3,000 speeches for government officials, corporate CEOs, political candidates and those speaking before Congress. In this book Shosky distils his incomparable know-how into an accessible practical guide to the essentials of his art.

From the very basics – how to lay out an easily navigable manuscript to work from, getting the right words in the right order, researching your audience and getting your body language right - to starting a speech, pacing it correctly and bringing the audience to a point of collective agreement, SPEAKING TO LEAD teaches the importance and use of speech as action: a tool to persuade an audience and to solve problems.

As the title suggests, from the boardroom to the podium, this is a book for leaders.



Research assistants required at Biteback Publishing

  • May 05, 2010 09:41
  • Katy Scholes


Biteback Publishing, the sister company of Total Politics magazine is looking for two researchers to work on a new publishing project related to the new Parliament from mid May to the end of June. It will involve extensive research in a rewarding and entertaining field. Knowledge of parliament and the media will be an advantage, along with a well developed sense of humour and the ability to work as part of a team and to deadlines.

Fixed project fee of £1,000

Apply to Iain Dale, enclosing a CV and a covering letter.

Closing date Wednesday 12 May 2010


Yes, Prime Minister competition!

  • May 04, 2010 13:33
  • Katy Scholes

Yes Minister Miscellany

One of the most successful television comedies of all time, Yes, Prime Minister, now comes to the stage in a special production to mark its 30th anniversary, opening on May 13th.

“Thirty years ago the first episode of Yes, Minister was broadcast and went on to become television’s most successful political comedy ever. It and the equally successful sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, captured a niche in the political consciousness of the nation.

The original writers of these classic series have reunited for this anniversary production and now the Prime Minister Jim Hacker, his Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby and his Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley are all back, in a brand new play.”

For more details on the production, click the link below:

Yes, Prime Minister at the Chicester Theatre

To mark this milestone anniversary, Biteback are giving away 5 copies of The Yes Minister Miscellany. For your chance to win, answer this simple question:

Jim Hacker was Minister for which department before becoming Prime Minister?

Send your answer, name and contact details to

The closing date is Monday 31st May and 5 winners will be randomly selected from all correct answers.

Good luck!