Grapple book tops charts

Greg Lambert and his son Owen and their book.

Greg Lambert and his son Owen and their book.

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A book written by The Visitor’s chief reporter has gone to number one in the UK Amazon Kindle chart for wrestling books.

Greg Lambert’s book about the wild and wacky world of professional wrestling is outselling biographies by grapple legends Bret Hart, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker.

‘Holy Grail: The true story of British Wrestling’s revival’ is a behind-the-curtain exposé of life on the small-time UK wrestling circuit.

For the past 10 years, Greg has led an eventful double life as a journalist on the town’s newspaper and part-time wrestling promoter.

Holy Grail explores Greg’s encounters with a who’s who of grapple stars like Bret Hart, CM Punk, Pat Roach, Mick McManus and Kendo Nagasaki.

“I called it ‘Holy Grail’ because it’s about a quest; the new generation of British wrestlers on a mission for fame,” said Greg. “When most people think of British wrestling, they think of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks. Since ITV killed off the Saturday afternoon wrestling show in the ‘80s, the Brits have been overshadowed by the American wrestlers on Sky TV.

“So the book lifts the lid on our efforts to bring our wrestling stars back to prominence, and the problems we faced.”

The book also pays tribute to Morecambe including mentions for Morecambe FC, the Midland Hotel and The Morecambe Dome, where Lambert ran around 35 wrestling shows between 2003 and 2010.

The book unveils a darker period of Greg’s life; his experience of being bullied at school. Greg will donate 25 per cent of royalties from book sales to Kidscape anti-bullying charity.

The front cover artwork for the book was produced by Greg’s 14-year-old son Owen.

The book is available from www.xwawrestling.com and http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=430978.

It’s also available for Kindle through the Amazon website.

Greg will be signing copies of his book at Dirty Entertainment music store in the Arndale Centre, Morecambe, on Saturday, December 15, 11.30am to 2.30pm.