A Drinker's Guide to Cardiff
My latest book, A Drinker's Guide to Cardiff, was published by Graffeg in August 2014. You can read some extracts here.
It received coverage in a number of publications, including The Western Mail, Cardiff Life and We Are Cardiff. It's available to buy now from various book retailers in Cardiff (including Waterstones), as well as online from amazon.co.uk and direct from Graffeg.
The book is based on my blog Pint of 45 and features wry, first-person accounts of visits to sundry drinking emporiums around the Welsh capital, including old-fashioned ale houses, cavernous chain pubs, cheap 'n' cheerful student haunts and idiosyncratic free houses.
Or, as the blurb on the back cover puts it:
Forget those tedious pub guides detailing what real ales are on tap or whether the food's any good. With first-hand reports from 20 of the city's boozers, A Drinker's Guide to Cardiff captures what going to the pub is really all about: talking rubbish with your mates, consuming slightly more fizzy lager than is strictly advisable, and trying not to fall over.
"Straight-to-the-point reviews of candid colour… Frank and humorous" – The Guardian
Wrestling's 101 Strangest Matches
My first book, Wrestling's 101 Strangest Matches, was published by Pitch Publishing in the UK in July 2010, and was released in the US in June 2011 (click here to read an extract).
It has been featured in a variety of publications, including The Sun, Loaded, Bizarre, Pro Wrestling Illustrated and the Daily Star. You can order it from bookshops or buy it now from amazon.co.uk or amazon.com.
Here's the back cover blurb:
There is nothing that’s quite like pro wrestling, the peculiar hybrid of sport and pantomime that amalgamates high-flying stunts with melodrama, spandex, bodybuilding and blood. And, sometimes, it gets really weird.
Take the grappler who accidentally lost his foot in the middle of a match, the time-travelling tag team or the baroque carnage of ultraviolent deathmatches – not to mention the double-crosses, drunkenness, riots, broken rings and broken bones.
With a cast that includes Hulk Hogan, Kendo Nagasaki, Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Steve Austin, a wrestling robot and a monkey, this book goes beyond the accepted canon of mat history to embrace the grap game at its very strangest.
"You'll have immense fun with Hurley's book, a truly original look at a mad, bad and dangerous world. And if you ever thought it was all fixed, this will make you think again…" – Simon Garfield, author The Wrestling