OWN IT! acquires exciting new debut novel ‘The 392’ by Ashley Hickson-Lovence

We’re very excited to announce that we have acquired ‘The 392’, an exciting and explosive new novel by Ashley Hickson-Lovence.

Set entirely on a London bus travelling from Hoxton to Highbury and taking place over just 36 minutes, the events of The 392 unfold through a cast of charismatic characters coming from very different worlds, but tied together through a shared suspicion as the threat of terrorism looms. On the 392 are all the familiar faces you might expect to see on any bus ride through inner-city London in the grips of gentrification: delinquent schoolkids, the high-flyers, the weird, the wonderful and the homeless. The 392 is primarily about uncovering the passengers’ hidden stories; agendas and ambitions. Switching between the different perspectives – told using first person – powerfully places the reader in the shoes of each character as they observe and make their way to work, school or court. The 392 is a journey through gentrified London and the experiences and feelings that gentrification creates along the way, but ultimately, it’s the story of people, places and perceptions. The roads are real; the locations mentioned are actual local landmarks and the position of bus stops are based on the real route giving the world of the fictional The 392 a brilliantly authentic feel.

27-year-old Ashley Hickson-Lovence is a former secondary school English teacher who grew up on a Hackney council estate and now resides in Norwich while he completes a Creative and Critical Writing PhD at the University of East Anglia. He is particularly interested in capturing the incessantly changing cultural landscape of urban Britain. Hickson-Lovence is also a poet, football referee and a keen marathon runner.

Crystal Mahey-Morgan says, ‘Ashley is a rare and exciting voice with a dept skill for observation, a natural flair with words and the ability to create authentic worlds and characters. As well as an exciting new literary fiction author, Ashley offers an important contribution to the literary landscape and is the kind of unique talent that will delight readers, and that the industry is so keen to find. We’re hugely excited that Ashley joins our growing list of debut British authors and to be publishing The 392’.

The 392 will be published in April 2019.

Soccology by Kevin George

Soccology by Kevin George

 

This book will change the way you live and play

Football focuses heavily on physical prowess and talent, but the great players possess something extra: The ability to make good decisions on and off the pitch. To unlock their true potential coaches and players need to go beyond their gifts with the ball at their feet and focus as much on their heart and mind. Soccology is an indispensable guide to understanding your psycho-emotional story in order to unlock your potential and make the most of your skills. Invaluable for the modern footballer Soccology contains lessons far beyond the beautiful game in how to be the best version of ourselves.

“I loved this book! Reading it made me stronger minded and helped me to understand my feelings.” – Thaisa Moreno, AC Milan and Brazilian international

“The perfect football guide! This book will change how people experience and behave in football.” – Bradley Wright-Philips, New York Redbulls

“Soccology gives players a much deeper understanding of the game and educates those who care for players on how to better teach, manage and support them” –  Akala, rapper, poet, former West Ham Utd player

“Kevin has used his experiences as a young professional football player to challenge traditional practices and views for the betterment of the young people he works with, encouraging them to take control of their own lives to make the best of life’s opportunities.” – Martyn Heather, Head of Education at the Premier League


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KEVIN GEORGE spent eight years as a professional footballer, including for clubs such as West Ham United and Charlton Athletic FC. After retiring as a professional footballer, Kevin used his experience and insight to develop Soccology, a human performance programme that has been widely endorsed by key footballing and sports figures around the world.

Kevin regularly works with prisons and schools on conflict resolution and the Soccology programme has been delivered across all Premier League football clubs. He is a passionate advocate for how understanding human behaviour can have a significant impact on decision making both on and off the pitch.

 


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UPCOMING EVENTS

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OWN IT! to publish ‘game-changing’ football psychology book: SOCCOLOGY by Kevin George

Football focuses heavily on physical prowess and talent, but the great players possess something extra: The ability to make good decisions on and off the pitch. To unlock their true potential coaches and players need to go beyond their gifts with the ball at their feet and focus as much on their heart and mind.

Invaluable for the modern footballer and fascinating for anyone intrigued by the incredible connections between the heart, mind and body, Soccology contains lessons far beyond the beautiful game in how to be the best version of ourselves.

Soccology will be published on 6th December. You can pre-order a personalised signed copy from the author here

Audience Reaction from JJ Bola Double Book Launch

We’re delighted to share this video from JJ Bola’s double book launch.

JJ Bola has previously published three collections of poetry; Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015). REFUGE brings together, for the first time, all of JJ Bola’s poetry in one definitive collection and is available to buy in all good major/indie bookshops and the OWN IT! online shop.
After taking No Place To Call Home around the world and launching it to critical and reader acclaim in June 2017, No Place To Call Home is now available in paperback in all good major/indie bookshops and the OWN IT! online shop.

JJ Bola Double Book Launch Video

We’re delighted to share this video from JJ Bola’s double book launch.

JJ Bola has previously published three collections of poetry; Elevate (2012), Daughter of the Sun (2014) and WORD (2015). REFUGE brings together, for the first time, all of JJ Bola’s poetry in one definitive collection and is available to buy in all good major/indie bookshops and the OWN IT! online shop.
After taking No Place To Call Home around the world and launching it to critical and reader acclaim in June 2017, No Place To Call Home is now available in paperback in all good major/indie bookshops and the OWN IT! online shop.