POCKET ROCKET - October 2010
In his 1980s pomp, Steve Joughin, a diminuative cyclist from the Isle of Man, was a household name in what was a golden age for British cycling. At a time when the sport made a major breakthrough on British TV, Steve was one of its leading lights, a sprinter who inspired the likes of current Tour De France ace Mark Cavendish. A stage winner in the Milke Race and the Kellogg's Tour of Britain, he was twice British national road race champion.
However, when he retired aged just 32, Steve soon missed the thrill of winning and the buzz that came with knowing you were one of the best at what you did. As so many sports stars do, he turned to alcohol to vill the void. Nine years later, he woke in an Italian hospital bed, fighting for his life and so started a long road to recovery. Today, Steve runs a successful cycling clothing business in Stoke-on-Trent and volunteers as an AA counsellor, helping those who are going through what he endured.
Pocket Rocket, written with cycling journalist Richard Allen, tells Steve's story, from his time as a mischievous kid on a housing estate in the Isle of Man, through his early successes as an amateur and into his professional career, culminating with his battle to save his life, family and business.
An inspiring read, both for youngsters with sporting aspirations and for those who face the demons that Steve overcame.
VERTIGO - December 2010
The first issue of an anthology showcasing fiction by writers with a link to the Isle of Man.
Stories to leave you feeling dizzy and disorientated:
A young man fights for his life in 1960s gangland London; the survivor of a traumatic car crash suffers disturbing panic attacks in which he believes the entire town is out to get him; a bored office worker lives to regret having all his wishes come true; the inhabitants of a library are stalked by a dark spirit; a young woman plots revenge on the man who destroyed her childhood; a tyrannical husband dissects his marriage on the night it finally cracks apart and crumbles; a rebel schoolboy lurks in a park waiting to beat up another student as he stands up for what he thinks is right; a woman strikes up a curious relationship with a young mother in the apartment above...