Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs

Last November in Issue 17 of From Glasgow to Saturn, we brought you an exclusive extract from a work-in-progress by Rodge Glass called Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs . We’ve just heard that the novel has been bought by Tindal Street Press with plans to publish in 2012.

From thebookseller.com:

Tindal Street Press has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to a book about an obsessive ex-professional footballer’s relationship with Manchester United player Ryan Giggs.

Senior editor bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs by Rodge Glass from Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates. Tindal Street plans to publish in April 2012.

Brown said: “This is an ambitious novel about football and family which voices a  once-professional footballer’s destructive obsession with Manchester United and Ryan Giggs. The variety of writing and psychological insight is brilliant.”

Glass won the Somerset Maugham prize for his biography of Alistair Gray and has had two novels previously published by Faber.

So well done, Rodge! We are delighted to have been trusted with the piece and look forward to seeing the book on our shelves next year.

Until then, you can check out the extract in Issue 17.

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Issue 17 Online Now

The editors are pleased to announce publication of the 17th issue of From Glasgow to Saturn. We have put together what we feel is an excellent collection of short fiction and poetry by present and past staff and students, including Alan Bissett, Rodge Glass, Anneliese Mackintosh, Raymond Soltysek, Duncan Muir, Julie Martis, Mukul Dahal, Paul Abbott, Amy Anderson, Miles Beard and Patrick Holloway.

You can read online, or download your free copy, here.

Many thanks to those of you who submitted work. The standards of writing were suitably impressive, so if your piece did not find a home in this issue, please do try again in the future. Work has begun already on Issue 18, which we hope to have ready in the first week of December. We’re open to submissions and read on an ongoing basis.

Happy reading!

Alan Gillespie | Nick Boreham | Sheila Millar