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New rugby novel from Tom Palmer launched to coincide with the start of the Six Nations

Combat ZoneThis month we are delighted to publish Surface to Air, the gripping second book in Tom Palmer’s new trilogy Rugby Academy. Set in a boarding school for the children of forces personnel, this sporting story is set against the backdrop of war and the effect of conflict on the families of those serving overseas. Deadlocked completes the trilogy in June 2015.

Book one, Combat Zone has already received rave reviews. Rugby World Magazine gave it five stars and made it their book of the month describing it as “pacey, but also thought-provoking … This is just the thing to whet the appetites of rugby-mad primary school children at the start of the World Cup year.”

Tom Palmer and Barrington Stoke are delighted to be working with a number of high profile partners including The Reading Agency, the Rugby Football Union and Reading Force. Tom’s hugely popular Rugby Reading Game events will be held throughout the year and in the run up to the Rugby World Cup in Autumn. Tom will also be signing copies of his rugby books at Twickenham rugby ground on 14th February before the England-Italy match.

About the Book

The Borderlands boarding school rugby team have made it into the European Rugby Championship Tournament. But Rory and the rest of the team can’t help thinking about each of their parents, serving overseas in the growing conflict in the Central Asian Republic. Can the boys focus on the game enough to win the final and make it to the International

Tournament? Action-packed sporting story set against the backdrop of war and the effect of conflict on the families of those serving overseas. Each book also contains detachable player cards to collect.

Tom Palmer is originally from Leeds and, previously shortlisted for the Blue Peter Prize, is best known for his fiction about sports including Football Academy, Foul Play, Ghost Stadium – a Bookbuzz title for 2014 – and, most recently, his acclaimed novel set in WW1, Over the Line.

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