Saturday saw the hugely successful launch of Frank Malley's Simply the Best at Waterstones in Wigan.

Press and fans gathered to chat about their local rugby league heroes with author Frank and special guest Martin Dermott, former Wigan hooker and five-times Challenge Cup winner.

"It went really well," said Frank after the event. "There were so many people that the manager actually said, 'We've not seen anything like this in this shop since Harry Potter!'. He could have been being kind but it's a quote I will happily hang on to!"

Thanks go out to Martin and everyone else who came along - especially the welcoming and helpful staff at Waterstones who helped Frank to sell out the shop's entire stock of the book.

A special mention must go to the official Wigan supporters group, The Riversiders, who kindly tweeted pics of the signing live on the day to encourage people to pop in and buy a copy.

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Simply the Best.

The legends of Wigan rugby league’s golden era have been brought together to tell the story of the greatest cup run in the sport’s history.

  • Shaun Edwards, Martin Offiah, Jason Robinson and Joe Lydon are among more than 20 players who have teamed up to tell the inside stories of how Wigan won eight Challenge Cups in a row between 1988 and 1995.
  • The book’s title, Simply the Best, is taken from the Tina Turner hit song which became so familiar to Wigan fans during a record run of 43 undefeated Challenge Cup matches that earned the town’s rugby stars a place in sporting history.
  • All royalties from the book are going to the Joining Jack appeal, the charity publicised by England rugby union star Owen Farrell every time he kicks a goal for his country.