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Hornby heads for the Borders

February 8 2008

Hugh Hornby signing pic

Uppies and Downies got off to a flying start at Ashbourne on Shrove Tuesday where Hugh Hornby signed copies of his new book for players and spectators, some of whom had travelled from far afield to experience the famous football game.

Local and national radio stations broadcast interviews with Hugh, including BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight, Radio Derby and Talksport whilst the Daily Telegraph commented "Hornby has done a fantastic job to immerse himself in so many communities to untangle the threads that come together in festival football games."

For more on that story, read this article in the Telegraph and Matt Dickinson's article in The Times.

Readers seem to love Uppies and Downies too - some of the comments that have reached the Played in Britain office include the following:

A brilliant study of such a fascinating subject.

—Richard McBrearty, Scottish Football Museum, Hampden Park

The book looks really fascinating. The photos too are great - what a lot of work has obviously gone into putting everything together.

—Marie Sutherland, Kirkwall

It is very splendid indeed, in every way - layout, quality, photographs, info, geographical... I must comment on the fluent writing style too - keeps the reader interested.

—Christine Jenking, Atherstone

It is really good and (unusually for me) I really couldn't put it down... it deserves wide distribution and sales.

—Doc Rowe, folklorist

It is a lovely book and very well presented... I have been telling everyone about it and also featured it on the news page on the village website.

—Jane Currie, Denholm

Catch up with Hugh Hornby for your signed copy of Uppies and Downies at the specially reduced price of £14.99 on Thursday February 14 at:

The Belters
23 Castlegate

Signing starts after the game at around 7pm.

If you cannot make it to Jedburgh, buy a signed copy of Uppies and Downies here

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