Last week’s joint launch of From Hampden to Oblivion and Hearts On This Day saw a rare example of Edinburgh’s rival football factions in perfect harmony – heartwarming stuff, we would say, without wishing to show any bias.
Authors Ian Colquhoun and Steve Weddell joined forces for a successful joint book-signing event and shared launch at Blackwell’s bookshop in the city.
“The book signing went really well,” said Ian. “Some fans' stories relating to the book's subject were familiar, yet so moving. A joint signing with Jambo author Steve Weddell was also great, after all, our teams are city-rivals, not enemies. We had a great day with the fans.”
"It was great hooking up with Ian for the launch," Steve commented, "and to meet so many dyed-in-the-wool Hearts fans keen to tell me their favourite dates – May 16th 1998 seemed a particular favourite!"
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Author of A Tale of Two Seasons and a lifelong Hearts fan, Steve Weddell began reporting on matches as a 15-year-old with the Edinburgh Evening News. Steve pursued a career in conservation and after six months as a keeper at Edinburgh Zoo he moved to Liverpool in 1995 with the aim of training to become a zoo vet. An arthritic condition caused him to reconsider his future and after qualifying in 2004 he wrote Dances with Sheep: Memoirs of a Vet Student.
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Ian Colquhoun is a lifelong Hibs fan. Originally from Livingston, he has spent much of his life in Edinburgh. He first attended Easter Road in 1986 and has been a regular ever since. Severely disabled since the age of 24 after a house fire, Ian rediscovered his childhood talent for writing after his near-death experience. This is his 12th book since 2007, and he co-wrote the critically acclaimed Hibernian On This Day with Bobby Sinnet in 2015. His all-time favourite Hibs player is Darren Jackson.