Ferris set for Eason’s book-signing

Stephen Ferris will be signing copies of his autobiography, Mand and Ball, at Easons on Saturday 10 October. Photo by William Cherry.
Stephen Ferris will be signing copies of his autobiography, Mand and Ball, at Easons on Saturday 10 October. Photo by William Cherry.

Rugby star Stephen Ferris will be in store at Eason’s, Lisburn next week to sign copies of his new book, ‘Man and Ball’.

Ferris, who launched his autobiography at an exclusive event in Belfast’s Europa Hotel, will be on hand to sign books from 12noon on Saturday, October 10.

Stephen Ferris is acknowledged as one of the giants of Ulster and Ireland rugby.

“Blessed with incredible skill and speed, allied with a formidable physique, deep reserves of courage and a fierce will to win, he quickly became established as one of the best back-row forwards in the world,” a spokesperson said.

“It was a remarkable rise for a man who, only months before taking the country by storm, had been paving driveways for a living and hanging around with his mates back home in Maghaberry.

“When Ferris played his philosophy was to clean the opposition out – man and ball – and always with a smile on his face.

“And he applies the same never-say-die attitude to his autobiography: 100 per cent honesty with no stone left unturned.

“So whether it is discussing teammates and coaches, tragedies or glory, the inner workings of the IRFU or his most reviled opponents, this is a book of total candour, especially when detailing the terrible injuries that ended his playing career.

“By turns amusing, raucous emotional and raw, Man and Ball: My Autobiography is the revelatory story of a rugby legend who remained a man of the people while thrilling the fans with his play.

“It is a tale of how Ulster went from nowhere to the top of the tree, of World Cups and Grand Slams with Ireland, and of more off-the-field antics than you could ever hope to read.”

Easons are running a competition for five lucky winners, with one main prize and four runner-up spots.

The winner will receive a signed Ulster Rugby top and a signed book, plus be first in the queue to meet Stephen Ferris.

The four runners-up will received a signed copy of Ferris’ new book.

Winners will be selected at random from entrants.

To be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question: -

What well-known local grammar school did Stephen Ferris attend?

Entries, including your name, contact details and answer to the question, should be dropped into Easons on Bow Street by Thursday (October 8).