Fred Hartman has been an R’s fan for some 30 years now and has just completed his first book: ‘It’s a Game of Two Halves’. I first met Fred almost exactly a year ago at Paul Farley’s funeral. A month later he wrote his own personal tribute to Paul for our Home Page: ‘In Memory of my Friend Paul Farley’. His book was inspired by our promotion back to the Premier League and Paul’s untimely passing.
He tells me that the first half of the book is an autobiographical account of his formative years and the relationship with his parents and Paul. It’s largely a humorous tale while the second part is a blow-by-blow account of our Championship winning season.
It’s reviewed on the Beaten Track website as being: ‘an extraordinary story of one man and his love of his team: Queen’s Park Rangers. But it is also much more than this’, adding that it’s, ‘brilliantly funny in places, tear-jerkingly sad in others, this is a book for anyone who loves a good yarn – football related or otherwise’.
The book isn’t due for general release until the start of next season, but it’s available as a pre-sale at: www.beatentrackpublishing.com at a discounted price of ¬£6.99.
Fred grew up in Neasden, North West London, but he found himself exiled to Norwich before he was fourteen. “My father always said I would one day write a book and although he passed away in 2002, I knew I had it in me to write it as he had given me that self-belief.” A percentage of each sale will be donated to QPR in the Community Trust’s Tiger Cubs.
Good luck with the book Fred and I look forward to reading it.