There & Back Again provides a fan's eye view of two of the most momentous seasons in Hearts' 140-year history, covering unthinkable calamity and ultimate salvation. Perilously close to extinction after their Lithuanian owners became insolvent, the book relives Heart of Midlothian's year in administration, starting out on minus 15 points with a team composed of under-20s and a few seasoned pros on half-wages. First-hand, game-by-game experience of the season traces media perception of events on and off the pitch, and the attitudes of opposing supporters. After the bittersweet denouement of relegation comes the club's return from the brink as fans' group the Foundation of Hearts and businesswoman Ann Budge pave the way for fan ownership. And so to the following season's promotion campaign, the newly remodelled club finding itself locked in a three-way promotion battle with Rangers and Hibernian, breaking records along the way to winning the title.
Steve Weddell started out covering football for the Pink News and The Scotsman before he spent a year working with Greenpeace in Australia. He then became a zookeeper at Edinburgh Zoo and went on to do back-to-back degrees in Zoology and Vet Science at Liverpool. Dances with Sheep, his novel based on vet student life, was published in 2006.