Memoirs of a ’90s Schoolboy – Out Now

About the book

An entertaining and irreverent read, Memoirs of a ’90s Schoolboy is a book that’ll bring you back in time to childhood and the ups and downs of primary school days. The ridiculous situations, elaborate observations, and honest brain farts of a child who thinks he’s got it sussed; will make you laugh out loud. Described by BAFTA award winning comedian, Daisy Cooper (the force behind BBC3’s ‘This Country’) as ‘the funniest thing she has ever read’. This book needs no further introduction, just get on and read it and see for yourself.

About the author

Michael Sleggs is probably best known for his portrayal of Slugs on the BBC BAFTA award winning TV comedy, This Country. However, those who knew him best, knew he was a born entertainer who was always able to see the funny side of things despite the many difficulties that life threw his way. Michael had numerous complex heart operations for his congenital heart defects. During these he also suffered two strokes. He subsequently spent a further six months at Great Ormond Street Hospital as an inpatient when he was diagnosed with a non-Hodgkins lymphoma during his GCSEs. Despite his poor health, Michael still lived a full and happy life – he went to amazing places, had fantastic friends and enjoyed a range of interesting jobs culminating in the ultimate honour – acting alongside friends in a hit TV comedy! A life complete, he courageously bowed out on 9th July 2019, aged 33 – the same age as his ultimate hero. This book was in the final stages of publication just as Michael died. Michael had become concerned that some of what he had written might unintentionally offend or hurt individuals. He realised that he wouldn’t be around to defend his book or to reassure those mentioned within that he cared for them more than the book might suggest. Therefore, one of his dying wishes was that we, as his family, would read through the book and remove or change anything we felt might cause offense. This has inevitably led to a delay in the publication, but we hope that you will feel it was worth it. We are now keen to publish this book in his memory – so that others can appreciate, as much as we have, his talent for entertaining and telling a tall tale. We miss him every day, and we are heartened that we are not alone in this. He touched the lives of so many people in his relatively short life and we hope that he can continue to do so with this book.

Memoirs of a ’90s Schoolboy by Michael Sleggs is published by Austin

Macauley Publishers and is available on Austinmacauley.com and Amazon and all good booksellers.

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52 Million iPlayer Requests for This Country

Across the three series and the special, This Country has been requested over 52 million times on iPlayer making it one of the biggest BBC Three comedies since the channel went online in 2016.

BBC Three has a rich heritage in comedy and strong a track record of developing series and making them successful. Requests for This Country have grown significantly; the first episode of the third series had three times as many as the first ever episode across the same period (first seven full days on iPlayer).

At present, series one has over 23 million requests, series two nearly over 20 million and series three over 8 million, with over half the requests for series three amongst the 16-34 year old age group. Since series three launched on 17 Feb 2020, just over half of total requests have come from previous episodes of This Country which illustrates the value of long term availability for audiences of scripted content in iPlayer.

It has also performed incredibly well in a Monday night slot on BBC One with the series averaging 1.8 million and the last episode consolidating with 2.19 million viewers.

This Is This Country out now!

“Listen up chumps, basically the Vicar asked us to edit the parish newsletter this month, we weren’t gonna do it at first cos the vicar said ‘I want you to channel your energy into doing something creative’, which he knows brings back Kurtan’s PTSD cos our old woodwork teacher Mr Perkins used to say it to him all the time, and when Kurtan actually DID channel his energy into something creative he managed to sand down some MDF to make a back scratcher and Darren Lacey pointed at it and laughed and called it an ‘abomination to woodwork’, which made Kurtan throw a chair across the room in rage and one of the chair legs hit Rob Robinson and left a dent in his forehead.

So we decided to write this newsletter cos people need to the know the REAL s*** that goes down in our village, it ain’t just fetes and duck races you know – it’s proper f***** up.

All the best,

Kerry and Kurtan

p.s. Kurtan wants to make it clear that although this newsletter is in book format it does not make him any of the following:

Book Worm
Book bummer
Boffin
Nerd alert
The lion, the witch and the book worm

p.p.s If you don’t buy this newsletter that’s fine, but we are getting a percent of the profits to donate to the Kerry Mucklowe eating fund, so if you don’t buy it I’ll basically starve. Which is fine if your conscience can deal with that utter headf***.”

This Country charity match raises over £7,000

This Country Charity Match

In the This Country charity match on Sunday 21st July, the This Country team took on the Cirencester Veterans at The Corininum Stadium in Cirencester. The matched ended 4-4 after full time, with the This Country team winning in penalties thanks to a save by Martin Mucklowe himself. Other players included Charlie Cooper, Jimmy Walker, Simon Mayhew-Archer and Tom George. Daisy May Cooper joined WTAF A This Country Podcast’s Pavo and Neil in the commentary box.

On the sidelines, Paul Chahidi and Trevor Cooper managed the This Country side with Chelsea’s Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris managing the veterans. Local celebrity Lawrence Llewelyn was also at the game, helping out with the raffle and even doing a bit of commentating.

Before kick off, there was also a minutes applause in honour of Michael Sleggs. The game saw the highest attendance on record for the Corinium Stadium.

Thanks to the This Country charity match, the money raised will be split between the following charities.

National Children’s Football Alliance
Shine
Big Yellow Bus Project
The Livingstone Initiative