Author thanks fans after first run of Newcastle United book sells out

Martin Hardy (left) and Mike Bolam with some of the Touching Distance books from the second print run. Picture by John Tuttiett.
Martin Hardy (left) and Mike Bolam with some of the Touching Distance books from the second print run. Picture by John Tuttiett.
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A sports writer says he is delighted with the reaction to his first book after its initial run sold out.

Martin Hardy spent more than a year writing ‘Touching Distance’, which looks back at the 1995/96 season where Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League.

I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has bought the book so far.

Martin Hardy

The book, which hit the shelves in August, caught the imagination of football fans and is now on its second print run after the first 5,000 sold out.

Martin, of Whitley Bay, said: “I’ve been delighted at the reaction and taken aback by how many have loved the book.

“It’s been really rewarding.

“The book came out in August and as it was my first work, didn’t think it would be sold out by now.

“When I’ve been selling it at Tynemouth market people have walked over and shook my hand, telling me they read it on holiday and had been in tears. When they do that, it gives you a massive boost. I never expected that kind of reaction.

“I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has bought the book so far.”

As well as through the website, Martin has been a regular at Tynemouth Market every Sunday selling his book.

And Mike Bolam, who runs the nufc.com website, has secured some books to sell through his website.

Martin will be joined by Newcastle United player Steven Taylor, ex-defender Steve Watson and Sky Sports presenter Pete Graves to talk about football and his book at an event at Whitley Lodge Snooker Club, in Claremont Crescent. It will take place on Wednesday, December 9, from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £20, including pie and pea supper. There will also be an auction and raffle.

For more information on the book visit www.touchingdistance.com or follow Martin on twitter via @mhardysport

Alternatively contact Mike on 07710 131375.

Martin, who says they will be selling the book at Tynemouth Market every Sunday until Christmas, said a paperback version is due out at the start of next summer.

And he has begun planning a possible follow up to ‘Touching Distance’ following its success.

“I’m starting to plot and pull ideas to see where we can go to build on the success,” he said.

“It’s done so well there is a strong plan forming at the minute and it’s starting to take over my thoughts the same way Touching Distance did.”