Further Agony: One More Round With Sykes
The sequel to the Amazon best seller ‘Unfinished Agony’ The 3rd and final book on the wild man of Wakefield Paul Sykes.
“I have never wasted a day while I have been in the nick – I have life-saving awards, a City and Guilds in bricklaying, 22 ‘O’ Levels, 8 ‘A’ Levels and a degree, but I also have 42 previous convictions and that is all that counts” Paul Sykes.
Further Agony includes chapters from: Delroy Showers; Davy Dunford; Josie Threlfall; Chris Lambrianou; Harry Lakes; Reg Long; Dave Owens; Neil Atkinson; Janet Sellers; John Purvis; Tom Kiely; Colin Hart; Lance Jackson; Alan Lord; Clyde Broughton; Mark Sellers; Alan Brown; Mark Szedzielarz; Kenny Williams; Tommy Harrison; David Flint; Wes Bostock; Simon Ambler; Ricky Wright-Colquhoun; Tracy Thompson; Andy Hammond; Shaun First; Janet; Danny Leach; Julie Abott; Gary Mills; Imran Hussain; Lee Daniels; Dean Ormston; Wakefield Police Officer.
Paul Sykes from Lupset near Wakefield, died aged 60 in Pinderfield’s Hospital from Pneumonia & Cirrhosis of the Liver. He fought for the British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Boxing Titles, wrote the award-winning book ‘Sweet Agony’ and by the age of 44 he had spent 21 out of 26 years in 18 prisons!
On the tenth anniversary of Paul’s death I released ‘Sykes-Unfinished Agony’,which went on to be a best seller on Amazon and was a collection of fifty different interviews from people who knew Paul.
I was contacted by so many people about Paul but there had to be deadline for the first book and for various reasons I couldn’t get to everybody who wanted to share their memories of him, good, bad or indifferent. This played on my mind, there were some gritty stories that I just couldn’t leave untold and when Paul’s closest friend, Delroy Showers and other infamous names such as Chris Lambrianou agreed to give me interviews, I just couldn’t leave it there so, I just had to write another book.
Sykes – Further Agony is released six months to the day after the first book and it is really a continuation of it, with more fascinating tales, some comical, others horrifying but all of them true accounts from the people who really knew Paul throughout different periods of his life.
I hope you enjoy the further tales of a Yorkshire tyke.
RIP Paul Sykes (23.05.1944 – 07.03.2007)
Written by Jamie Boyle.