Written by Mike Carter, Hull KR Shirts.
I recently purchased a copy of The Robin Sings Again which was written by life-long Hull KR fan, Dan Crowther. The book is centred around the Robins 2021 season focussing on both the on-field and off-field progress made by Hull KR. Crowther starts by reminding us of the history of the club, as we approach our 140th anniversary it is important to remember what came before us. Crowther is a keen historian and this shows in the prologue. During the prologue, Crowther uses historical tie-ins to Great Britain and Hull. I wasn’t aware of a lot of these and I certainly learned something here. It’s this kind of detail that can sometimes go unnoticed in any type of publication, but it really shouldn’t.
The book was written throughout the season, with each topic, game or reference point being detailed live at the time of the event. This leads to clean and correct information as it was fresh in Crowther’s mind as it was being plotted for his first book. It appears the story would have always been told any which way it happened, whether the season ended in relegation, mid-table mediocracy, a Grand Final win or defeat in our maiden play-off semi-final appearance. The time, effort and planning that has gone into Crowther’s debut book as an author should not go unrecognised. The book has been written, edited and formatted by Crowther which makes releasing a book even more impressive.
The book contains facts and opinions from Crowther but he also refers to a general feeling too, at times. This gives the book a style that allows the reader to make up their mind about a game, event or situation. Crowther uses his real-life experiences to paint a picture in your mind using words to refresh you on how the season played out. I find that it is important to be factual and offer evidence to support opinions as Crowther does. All opinions are subjective and they’ll be things you agree with and disagree with but you’ll be allowed to make your mind up.
As the season progresses it is easy to follow and be reminded of the highs and lows with hidden details along the way. I am certain if you read the book there will be some information included that you didn’t know. This is a great selling point of the book since Crowther has covered recent events that most will be aware of and will remember, especially with it being so recent.
Also during 2021 Crowther appeared in the Rugby League publication, Forty20. His appearance was to celebrate the life and career of Hull KR legend, Ged Dunn who sadly passed away this year. Crowther, who wrote a very fitting and well-written tribute to Dunn has not only included the article within The Robin Sings Again, he has gone further with his tribute by adding more depth and detail to pay respect to a man who was idolised by many.
Reading the book has left me wanting to read more and I would like to think Crowther would turn The Robin Sings Again into a series of books. As we prepare for the 2022 season, who knows what the future holds but one thing is for sure… The future is bright, the future is red and white!
If you wish, you can buy a copy of The Robin Sings Again exclusively from Amazon priced at £3.99 on Kindle and £6.99 for a paperback copy.