Shaqiri joins Liverpool

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on July 14, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Shaqiri completed his transfer to Liverpool yesterday. He made it clear he wanted to have Champions League and Premiership football this season. A real pleasure to watch in a Stoke top and good luck at Liverpool.

Book review: All The Hidden Truths by Claire Askew

Posted in Authors, Books, Netgalley, News with tags , , , , , on July 8, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Hodder & Stoughton [Publication date 09.08.18]

The blurb on this book certainly tweaks your interest –

“This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed thirteen women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered – by Ryan’s mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families’ secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame… the truth seems to vanish.”

The author, poet Claire Askew was the subject of four way bid for this book, part of a two book deal with Hodder, and it is easy to see why as this is one of the best crime debuts I have read in a good while.

Askew tells the story from the three main characters and she delves into each character’s emotions and how they are reacting to events unfolding around them. It is a classic page turner which although you know the outcome and there is no culprit to find, the book raises lots of questions about the shooting and how it affects the victims’ families and that of the shooter in the aftermath. The other key character a member of the press who will try anything to get a story and he is a certainly a character you will love to hate!

Highly recommended read, not just for fans of crime writing but anyone who enjoys a good read that makes you think after reading it.

Grant to Man Utd and Federici joins Stoke

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , on July 3, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

https://www.stokecityfc.com/news/adam-becomes-third-new-signing

STOKE CITY have made their third new signing of the summer with Australian international goalkeeper Adam Federici arriving from Bournemouth where he was third choice. He has signed a two year contract and replaces Lee Grant who has joined Man Utd on a two year deal.

Muniesa completes Girona move

Posted in Championship, Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Marc Muniesa has made last season’s loan move permanent signing a three year contract with Girona. He was a technically adept defender, hindered by a few injuries and a hit with the fans. He will be missed and good luck at Girona!

Reports in the media today that goalkeeper Lee Grant could be off to Man Utd as their third choice goalie. Good move for him if it comes off, although we’d need another keeper especially as Jack Butland could still leave this summer.

 

Stoke City backroom team – Rory Delap is back!

Posted in Championship, Football, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Great to see Rory Delap back at Stoke as part of Gary Rowett’s backroom team. Joining Delap are Kevin Phillips, Callum Davidson, Mark Sale, Dave Carolan and Joe Carnall.

Phillips, Davidson, Delap and Sale will operate as first team coaches, with Phillips, Davidson and Delap working specifically with strikers, midfielders and defenders respectively. Carolan is Head of Performance and Carnall Head of Tactical Insights. Andy Quy will continue in his role as goalkeeping coach.

Book review: THE GUILTY DEAD by P.J. TRACY

Posted in Authors, Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , on June 27, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Michael Joseph [Publication date 23.08.18]

Book number 9 in the Twin Cities series and the blurb on this one says…

“Gregory Norwood, wealthy businessman and close friend of Minnesota’s leading candidate for Governor, is found dead on the first anniversary of his son’s drug overdose. It seems clear to Detectives Gino and Magozzi that grief drove him to suicide.

Until they realise the left-handed man seems to have used his right hand to pull the trigger.”

It is very fast paced like previous books in the series, although this one sees a little less of the Monkeewrench crew in the story. It starts off as what appears to be a suicide, which quickly escalates into a murder enquiry and then add in a domestic terror plot and it all starts spiralling in terms of action and plot. Perhaps not the best book in the series as some of the plot you could second guess, still enjoyable and one of the better US crime writers currently out there.

The P.J. Tracy series of books are highly readable and perfect for lovers of page turners from the likes of Harlan Coben.

 

 

Stoke away to Leeds first game of the season

Posted in Championship, Football, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , on June 21, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City face an away trip to Leeds Utd first day of the season Sunday August 5 and what a way to start! First home game is the following weekend against Brentford. Last game of the season is a home game against Sheff Utd. Full Stoke City fixtures list is here