A new softback edition of best-selling book ‘My North East by its Famous Sons and Daughters’ is back in the shops in time for Christmas.
The book topped the sales charts at Waterstones Newcastle store when first published in November 2013 making £5,000 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
North East writers Michael Hamilton and Anne Graham interviewed stars – including Mark Knopfler, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and actor Kevin Whately – about their memories and favourite places to produce the lavish coffee-table book.
All profits from the new edition will also be donated to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, as it was Sir Bobby himself who inspired the original 200-page hardback book.
Amongst the big names who talk about how the region has shaped them are: Sir Bobby Robson, Tony Blair, Alan Shearer, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Robson Green, Bryan Ferry, Kevin Whately, Denise Welch, Tim Healy, Brian Johnson, Jim Montgomery, Si King, Bryan Robson, Kat Copeland, Gina McKee, the Duchess of Northumberland, Joe McElderry, Vic Reeves, Brendan Foster and Sir Bobby and Jack Charlton.
Places featured include Coquetdale, High Force, the Transporter Bridge, Alnmouth, the Tyne Bridges, Seaburn, Durham Cathedral, Bamburgh Castle, the Angel of the North, Roseberry Topping, Weardale, Craster, Teesdale and Holy Island.
Lady Elsie said: “I’m glad to see that My North East by its Famous Sons and Daughters is back on the shelves after it sold out last year. It’s lovely that there is such an interest in our region and its well-known people. It shows that we not only have wonderful countryside and views but also a lot of interesting and talented people who were very happy to take part. And I know Bobby would be pleased that the Foundation is benefiting.”
Anne, a former Northern Echo reporter, says: “When I spoke to Sir Bobby in 2008 about the launch of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation he talked passionately about what he hoped the charity would achieve in the region. He wanted to make a difference in the area where his own roots lay. It has exceeded even his dreams – and continues to do so.
“Talking to fellow North Easterners about Sir Bobby after he died, it became clear to me that they shared his fierce loyalty and deep affection for this unique part of the world.
“And that’s how the book was born. We’ve brought together for the first time in words and images what home means to many of the region’s famous sons and daughters – including Sir Bobby.”
Michael, formerly of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and Tyne Tees TV, says: “It was a labour of love to interview some of my North East heroes like Mark Knopfler, Brian Johnson and Sir Bobby Charlton.”
My North East by its Famous Sons and Daughters in softback is available from November 2015, price £17.99, published by Kingfisher Reach Publishing.
BBC Look North: “It’s one of those books you can’t put down.”
Tim Healy: “Every Geordie should buy this book.”
Alfie Joey, BBC Radio Newcastle: “It’s a brilliant coffee-table book. I’m staggered at the celebrity names in it.”
The Journal: “The list of contributors is impressive.”
Sunderland Echo: “If you want a warm glow look no further than My North East.”
Viscount Ridley: “A marvellous book – a North East icon to be proud of.”
To buy online: www.my-northeast.co.uk
All profits from the book will be donated to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation (Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity Reg. 1057213) – the charity launched by Sir Bobby himself in 2008, which helps find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer (www.sirbobbyrobsonfoundation.org.uk).