Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Tartan Special One by Barry Phillips

• From the creator of the ‘Real Leigh Griffiths Blog’, the cult hit which attracted around 200,000 readers worldwide.
• A love letter to Scottish football delivered in an inimitably anarchic style.

Price: £7.99

Publication date: November 2013

Barry Phillips is the author of the cult Real Leigh Griffiths Blog. This is his first novel.

Summary: Lloyd George dreams of playing for his beloved Manchester United and lapping up the adulation of millions of fans across the globe. So when Dundee FC chairman Bob McCracken, a man of vision, ambition and moderately priced suits, offers Lloyd the chance to play his part in restoring the once-proud club to its rightful place in Scottish football, the shy 17-year-old sees it as a stepping stone to bigger things. Instead he finds himself drawn into a battle for football’s very soul waged by Jocky, the team’s moustachioed, mononymous and megaphone-wielding manager, and seeking solace between the thighs of Dundee’s first female binman. The Tartan Special One, asks the big important questions and a load of wee shitey ones as well. It’s pure teckle, aye?

The Real Leigh Griffiths Blog grew from a surreal post on the Pie and Bovril website ( to attract hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide and national media coverage. For two years, viewers from as far afield as Australia, South Korea and Russia logged on for their latest fix of absurdly hilarious antics at Scottish football’s most dysfunctional club.

Pre-order today and receive a personal letter of thanks from Jocky –