Lenny Henry’s Well-Hard Paperback was published in 1989 by Virgin Books. It was written by Lenny Henry, Stan Hey, Andrew Nickolds and Kim Fuller (you can see the full credits on the image below if you want).
I would have bee about 11 or 12 when I had this book, and I was completely obsessed by it. Even now after 20 years of trying to erase the shame I can still remember almost all of it word for word. The best bits of it were the two comic strips, Leroy of the Rovers and Captain Crucial.
This book was also the first place I ever saw the “Ian Fleming” joke, which is the best of all jokes.