deCoubertin Books to publish Here We Go: Everton in the 1980s: The Players’ Stories —- deCoubertin Books are delighted to announce that we are publishing the updated and revised paperback edition of Simon Hart’s critically-acclaimed Here We Go: Everton in the 1980s: The Players’ Stories.

For Everton FC, the 1980s is the most successful decade in the club’s history. It was a time when Wembley became a second home for Howard Kendall’s band of brothers as they stepped out from Liverpool’s shadow to take their neighbours’ mantle as the country’s best team, winning two league titles, an FA Cup and the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

In Here We Go, Simon Hart interviews some of the Blues’ best-loved players from that era to provide a vivid, colourful portrait of a period when a group of unheralded young footballers came together to achieve something special with a rare, intoxicating mix of raw talent and team spirit.

Fully updated and revised for 2019 with an additional chapter on Paul Bracewell, the players featured include Kevin Ratcliffe, Adrian Heath, Gary Lineker, Pat van den Hauwe, Mark Higgins, Kevin Richardson, Paul Power and Pat Nevin, along with Colin Harvey, Kendall’s No2 during the glory days and subsequently manager himself by the decade’s end.
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Information for Editors
Founded in 2009, deCoubertin Books is a small publisher with big ideas. We use our experience from the worlds of journalism, web, publishing and design to produce beautiful non-fiction books that we passionately believe in. In July 2015 we were delighted to relocate to our new home in Liverpool. Our authors include Neville Southall MBE, Howard Kendall, Bob Latchford, David Fairclough, Michael Walker, James Montague and Nick Harris.

About the Author
Simon Hart has been working in sports journalism since the late 1990s. He has reported on European football for more than a decade for UEFA.com and worked for the Independent and the Independent on Sunday newspapers from 2010 until 2016. Born in Liverpool, he is a lifelong Evertonian.

Here We Go will be released 2nd May. For details of this, serialisation details, review copies and interview requests please contact Megan Pollard – megan@decoubertin.co.uk (0151 909 5747)

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deCoubertin Books to publish memoir of youngest ever Test cricket captain —- deCoubertin Books are excited to announce that we will be publishing Keeper of Faith by former Zimbabwe Test captain Tatenda Taibu this Spring.At the start of April 2004, Tatenda Taibu was announced as captain of the Zimbabwe cricket team after the resignation of Heath Streak. Aged just twenty, he had become the youngest Test skipper in history and the first black player to captain Zimbabwe in the sport. Just over a year later he was exiled in Bangladesh, on the run from a cricket board that tried to threaten him into silence. Keeper of Faith is his story.

From his upbringing in the township of Highfield, Harare, to his early days as a cricketing prodigy, to quitting the sport at the age of 29 to devote more time to his Christian faith, this autobiography reflects on what it is like to be an outspoken athlete in Zimbabwe during the regime of Robert Mugabe.

Much of Taibu’s career took place against a backdrop of constant mismanagement, poor administration and regular political interference, and he provides first-hand accounts of the damaging effect this had on Zimbabwe cricket, from Andy Flower and Henry Olonga’s ‘death of democracy’ protest at the 2003 World Cup to his own stand in 2005, which compromised the safety of him and his young family.

The fame that the sport brought him also caused him to question his purpose in life and Taibu reflects on the rediscovery of his faith, which helped him to put cricket – and his life – into a better perspective.

Coming full circle, Taibu witnessed more recent developments in Zimbabwean cricket as a selector and academy director only to leave once more in acrimonious circumstances – which makes him perfectly placed to offer his views on the way forward for sport in his country after an era of turmoil.

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About the Authors
Tatenda Taibu was born in Highfield, Harare, on 14 May 1983. He represented Zimbabwe in 28 test matches and 150 one day internationals, and has also played for teams in South Africa, India, England, Bangladesh, Namibia and Sri Lanka.
Jack Gordon Brown, who collaborated on this book, was born in London. After studying Journalism at the University of Salford, he became an editor at deCoubertin books in 2016. He collaborated with Philip Ross and James Corbett on Faith of our Families: Everton: An Oral History and England: The Complete Record, 1872-2018. 

Keeper of Faith will be released on May 23rd. We will be hosting a media day with Tatenda in May. For details of this, serialisation details, review copies and interview requests please contact Megan Pollard – megan@decoubertin.co.uk (0151 909 5747)

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