The Gift of a Good Book


A signed book from an author can turn an item of personal value into a cherished keepsake of financial worth, is a wonderful addition to any book collection, and they also make special gifts. We offer signed copies of a selection of our titles. Our music titles have been bestowed with Book of the Year Awards from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Rough Trade, Guardian and Reader’s Digest, and have been deemed worthy of being shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize, NME Book Award, Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award and PEN Ackerley Prize. Give the gift of the stories behind the music this Christmas.


        The Train of Fice and Fire

Thro’ My Eyes: A Memoir is Iain Matthews’s compelling memoir of a life on the road, in the studio and at home, through the eyes of one of our most enduring singer-songwriters. A deluxe edition with a double CD is available exclusively from Route. What We Did Instead of Holidays: A History of Fairport Convention and Its Extrended Folk-Rock Family by Clinton Heylin is a comprehensive biography of Fairport Convention and their many offshoots, telling the full story of English folk-rock in its golden era (1968-1982). The Train of Ice and Fire by Ramón Chao chronicles a madcap tour through Colombia with Mano Negra. Away From The Light of Day is the heart-warming story of the blind couple of Mali, Amadou and Mariam. Anarchy in the Year Zero is Clinton Heylin’s gripping account of the punk explosion of 1976.



Have A Bleedin Guess is Paul Hanley’s account of the Fall’s 1982 classic album Hex Enduction Hour, available exclusively from Route. In Leave The Capital Paul re-fashions the story of Manchester music through the prism of two studios, connecting bands such as Herman’s Hermits, The Mindbenders, The Hollies and 10cc to the post-punk Manchester music story.The Big Midweek is Steve Hanley’s multi-award winning memoir of his 18-year stint in The Fall. You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide by Simon Wolstencroft, a legendary Manchester drummer and the only man who can connect The Stone Roses, The Smiths and The Fall. Carpet Burns is Tom Hingley’s memoir of his time with Inspiral Carpets.



Three titles that take an in-depth look at seminal periods in Bob Dylan’s career, written by the world’s leading Dylan historian, Clinton Heylin. No One Else Could Play That Tune takes you up-close and personal in a New York studio when Dylan is recording Blood on the Tracks. JUDAS! covers the 1965-66 world tour, when he infamously went electric and was greeted by boos almost everywhere he played. Trouble In Mind covers the Gospel Years, 1979-81, when the boos were back out in force, shouting down Dylan’s nightly sermons about the second-coming of Jesus. (Rolling Stone Book of the Year 2017)


    Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge

It’s The Beer Talking is Ian Clayton’s memoir about a life lived in public houses,. Winner of the Beer Writers Guild award for best writing about pubs. Ian’s Bringing It All Back Home is a modern classic, this year we published a new updated edition of this best-selling memoir of how music connects to our lives. Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge is Janet Watson’s beautiful and moving memoir about first love. Click here to see our full list of memoirs.


   Red Army Faction Blues  Red Laal  Because Cuba is You

British Story is Michael Nath’s adventure in imagination and a rallying cry for wonder, A Morning Star book of the year. Michael’s debut novel La Rochelle was shortlisted for James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Red Army Faction Blues is a fictional account of the circumstances surrounding Peter Green’s acid trip at the High-Fish Commune in Germany. Red Laal is M Y Alam’s compelling tale of survival, honour and family values; it is at once a page-turning thriller and homage to his home city of Bradford. Because Cuba is You is Ramon Chao’s magic-realist story set in Galicia and Cuba at the start of ther 20th century. Click here for our full list of novels.



Sorry We Missed You is the official book for Paul Laverty and Len Loach’s film that exposes the truth about the gig economy in the UK, it features full screenplay and interviews with cast and crew. We publish similar books for the Ken Loach films I, Daniel Blake, Jimmy’s Hall, The Angels’ Share, Route Irish and Looking For Eric, as well as Paul Laverty’s oscar nominated Even The Rain. Click here for our full list of film titles.

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We wish you all happy holidays

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