Who said cricket was a gentleman's game? Sledging is the art of verbally intimidating abatsman so that he loses his concentration and gets himself out. It is also known as the art of initiating mental disintegration. This handbook is an absolutely hilarious romp through the history of the cricketing insult, from WG Grace to Shane Warne and his contemporaries. First published in 2006, and now in its fourth edition, The Sledger's Handbook has been revised and updated with all-new material.
Liam was born in Guildford, England, in 1973 and has a BA in Sports Physiology & Psychology. He was Sussex county champion in three of the athletics field events and swam to a national standard. He formed Shooter in 1996, a rock band that toured Europe for four years, and The Legend of Dan McCann, an acoustic combo, in 2009.
Liam started writing novels and sports books in 2003, and he has also edited / proofread more than 40 titles, including the Discarded Science series for John Grant. He also works as a freelance editor / copywriter / proofreader for The Daily Telegraph and UK International Press, and as an occasional cricket pundit for Sky Sports.
Published Books (By Facts, Figures & Fun, an imprint of Artists' and Photographers' Press Ltd - AAPPL):
The Olympics Facts, Figures & Fun (2004)
Rugby Facts, Figures & Fun (2006)
The Sledger's Handbook: How to Deliver the Perfect Cricketing Insult (2006) - reprinted four times
Cricket Facts, Figures & Fun (2007)
Born to Dribble (2007)
London's Bridges (2008) - Ghost-written for Ian Pay
The Revised & Expanded Sledger's Handbook (2012)
The Battle of Boxhill (2012): This is a 50,000-word older children's adventure story, whose central characters are birds. The book has been optioned by Bulat Galimgereyev, producer of the Oscar-nominated film Mongol (2008), and Kevin Foo, founder of Mount Helix Films Inc, who intend to adapt the story for a feature-length animation. Liam is already planning a sequel.
For G2 Entertainment:
Little Book of Liners (2012)
Little Book of the RAF - Red Arrows Edition (2012)
Little Book of Survival (2012)
Little Book of HMS Ark Royal (2012)
Little Book of the Universe (2012)
Little Book of JFK Conspiracies (2013)
Little Book of Ferrari (2013)
The Concise History of World War Two (2013)
British Lions Player by Player (2103)
Grand Prix Driver by Driver (2013)
Isle of Man TT Rider by Rider (2013)
Brazil Player by Player (2013)
Snooker Player by Player (2013)
The Little English Boy: This is the incredible true story of one man's crusade to help the allied war effort against the Nazis by escaping occupied France with a set of top-secret gun sight drawings.
When the Messenger meets the King, In the Lap of the Gods, The Devil's Breath and Rolling Thunder (all 2012): a science-fiction / adventure series set in the near future featuring the central character Ed Sampson. The books run to between 150,000 and 200,000 words. A minimum of two more books are planned for the series.
UFOs: Fact or Fiction? (2012)
The European Football Championships (2012)
The World's Greatest Sporting Rivalries (2012)