Kicking Off

We are super excited to reveal the cover for book one in a brand new children’s book series from Carnegie nominated Eve Ainsworth! Eve has been working with Gail Newsham (Preston author and historian) to create a retelling of the historical events leading up to the formation of the famous Preston football team – the Dick, Kerr Ladies.

Kicking Off is the first book in a three part series – Dick, Kerr Girls.

“As soon as I heard that UCLan wanted a fictional portrayal of the Dick, Kerr Girls, I knew I had to be the author to do it.  Not only am I huge football fan, but I’m also a working class author who was exhilarated and moved by these women’s stories and the obstacles they overcame to be one of the most successful football teams of all time. Young readers need to be told their story so that they can be inspired and motivated too. I’m so excited to be playing a part in it all.” Eve Ainsworth

The cover was illustrated by Thy Bui.

“I am ‘over the moon’ with the opportunity of bringing the incredible history of the Dick, Kerr Ladies to a younger audience for the very first time. It is so important that this story is never forgotten. I hope it will also inspire the kids to want to play football, and to never give up and follow their dreams. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Eve Ainsworth and see her passion for the Dick, Kerr Ladies. It has been an honour to share them with her and help her bring the story to life. My thanks also to UCLan Publishing for their faith and enthusiasm. What a great team! I am very excited and can’t wait for it to be available.” Gail Newsham

Kicking Off publishes in September. You can pre-order your copy here.

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