FOOTBALL, food and gritty northern humour.
It's a recipe that is unlikely to fail.
A Huddersfield University lecturer and Yorkshire poet has teamed up with a former Huddersfield graduate to pen a novel that captures the magic and appeal of northern humour.
As well as being a university lecturer, David Gill is a poet, playwright and novelist and has published a number of books.
For his current novel, Humbugs, David worked with Huddersfield University English studies graduate Craig Bradley, who is reader-in residence for Calderdale Libraries.
David and Craig, also a successful writer, met at university as mature students while doing English degrees six years ago.
Humbugs is their first collaboration.
The book, which has received much publicity in the local media, came about when David saw the potential in Craig's toffee factory stories, based on Craig's own experiences at a Halifax sweet factory.
The story takes in the assorted variety of factory workers and is set against the background of the factory floor and local league football teams that turn out every Saturday afternoon.
David's involvement in theatre and football brought a narrative arc to the madcap element of the stories.
He says the whole book looks at the way football and life mirror each other.
He added: "We decided to write the novel after we graduated. Neither of us had jobs at the time, but Craig had written some short stories about the toffee factory.
"I came up with an idea for a plot and we first adapted it as a screenplay.
"Then we wrote it as a book and, luckily, Rob Endeacott at Leeds-based publishers Relish Books, offered to publish it.
"Humbugs typifies the down-to-earth northern humour, particularly associated with Yorkshire folk."
The story centres on the humbug factory workers who play for the works team, Humbuggers FC, on Saturdays.
Training sessions take place in the factory yard at lunch- times and, naturally, tactics are discussed at length in the pub, The Slubbers Arms, "an old backstreet boozer that hasn't seen a lick of paint since Leeds won the cup."
David has been described as "the newest jewel in West Yorkshire's poetic crown".
His first book of poetry, The Amateur Yorkshireman (Redbeck Press, 2002), was read on BBC Radio 3's programme The Verb.
David, a former session singer, restaurant manager, and customer service adviser in women's thermal underwear, is now a lecturer in creative writing at Huddersfield University and associate editor at PDG Books in Leeds.
Craig has been a Butlin's chef, stand-up comic, window cleaner and gravedigger.
He now has an MA in contemporary literature and works as reader-in-residence for Calderdale Libraries.
His first book of poetry, Dancin' George, was published by Redbeck Press in 2003.
Craig was invited to read extracts from Poetry On The Rocks, a poem commissioned for the Ilkley Literature Festival and co-written with David Gill and Gaia Holmes, on YTV's Calendar on National Poetry Day last year.