Bestselling author and world-renowned hooliganism expert Dougie Brimson picks up where his previous book BARMY ARMY left off, in the spring of 2000 and the horrific murders of Kevin Speight and Chris Loftus at the hands of Turkish hooligans and the riots involving England fans in Turkey.If the media and police are to be believed, the battle to defeat the hooligans has been all but won. But in KICKING OFF Brimson points out that the reality is somewhat different and paints a disturbing picture of what lies ahead for the game if the culture of hate, racism and violence remains unchecked.
Having written 15 books and two multi award winning feature films in under 16 years, former serviceman Dougie Brimson has emerged as one the UK's most prolific writers.
After 18 years service with the Royal Air Force -including both the Falklands and Gulf War 1- the ex-Sergeant engineer's literary career began in 1996 when he co-wrote a book based on his experiences as a soccer casual entitled Everywhere We Go.
This groundbreaking work examined the culture of soccer fandom from the inside and has become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the game and its supporters. A further 13 books have followed and their success has established the author as one of the worlds leading authorities on the issues of both the game and lad culture. His latest book, Wings of a Sparrow, was released in December 2012.
Away from the literary world, Dougie is also an accomplished screenwriter having penned the critically acclaimed short movie IT'S A CASUAL LIFE and the full length feature, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:
Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival
After a successful worldwide cinema release, the movie went on to sell over 80,000 DVD units during its first week on sale in the UK alone.
2014 saw the release of his second feature, Top Dog. Adapted from his own novel, the movie, which starred Leo Gregory and was directed by Spandau Ballet star, Martin Kemp, won Best Feature at the British Independent Film Festival as well as a string of actor awards.
His third feature, We Still Kill The Old Way, is slated for release in december 2014 whilst projects in development include Mister One Hundred (a biography of Welsh darts legend Leighton Rees), Wings of a Sparrow (a football comedy based on his own novel) and Soldier, Soldier (based around the war in Afghanistan).
The next 12 months will also see the addition of at least two new books onto the Brimson portfolio.