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..And She Laughed No More: Stoke City's (first) Premiership Adventure Paperback – 3 Sep 2009


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906021627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906021627
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I began writing at the Norwich School of Art and Design when I returned to education in my mid-thirties. For my degree show piece I had fifty copies of a book of short stories printed which I put on a plinth. I intended to sell them at a fiver each on the night thereby making fifty quid over the £200 cost of publishing. Instead I gave most of them away and came out of it with a net loss of £150. It was an illustration of why writers need agents.

Those fifty books were called 'Close Quarters' and were eventually published as 'It Cracks Like Breaking Skin' by Faber, a course of events which amazed me. They were short-listed for the Macmillan PEN Award. More amazement. Next I wrote my first novel, 'Strides,' about love and trousers. I think it's my favourite of my own books. My project was to see whether you could get an un-cynical, literary love story published. And it turned out you could. It didn't sell much though. Next, a sequence of events involving my football club, Stoke City, provoked me to write my first non-fiction title, 'She Stood There Laughing.' That book charted in the national press, which was exciting. By now I was at work on my second novel, 'Are You With Me?' I am proud of that book, and I especially like the cover on the paperback original. I think it's my favourite cover of all my books.

While I was working on AYWM? a rescue lurcher called Ollie came along. Ollie tried to destroy my life for a while. After we had reached some sort of accommodation I wrote 'Walking Ollie,' which, to my surprise, became a bestseller. A pup called Dylan came to join Ollie and naturally there was a follow up 'Along Came Dylan,' which, for one week only, was outselling Russell Brand's 'Booky Wook.' I wrote an 80s memoir next: From Working Class Hero to Absolute Disgrace. Nice reviews, zip sales. Then Stoke City were promoted into the Premiership and I chronicled that year in 'And She Laughed No More.' That wasn't especially well published and by now my career was in a tailspin.

Stoke, founder members of the football league, have just reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in 148 years of club history. They will play Manchester City. I intend to write a book about that match called 'The Final.' Because I want to have it in the public domain as soon after the game as possible I am going to experiment by publishing it direct to Amazon Kindle on June 1st. Dear readers, please spread the word on that, and thanks for your support over the years.

All best wishes, Stephen Foster


Blog: http://walkingollie.wordpress.com/

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Review

Foster's second book about his beloved, yet dismally dull, club will live forever.
--Daily Mirror, September 25, 2009

A brilliant sequel to 'And She Laughed No More.' An excellent 9/10 read. --The Oatcake, October 17, 2009

About the Author

Stephen Foster is the author of the top ten bestselling Walking Ollie and Along Came Dylan, which have sold more than 150,000 copies, and From Working Class Hero to Absolute Disgrace. She Stood There Laughing, his account of a season following Stoke City, was one of the bestselling sports books of 2004. He lives in Norwich with his partner and Dylan.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Smith on 3 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
These PHWs know nothing. There are those of us who have been honing the art of Pulis hating since the early 1990s.
Dateline Bournemouth, 1992. The Redknapp era of glory, cup upsets and promotion has come to an end. Harry's had his head turned by the prospect of stealing his best friend's job. His suggestion as successor: Anthony Pulis. Overnight, we went from exciting wing play to dour midfield battles. One by one anyone with any talent was sold and replaced by a workmanlike drone. Crowds dwindled, revenue dropped, watching Bournemouth ceased to be fun. The day before the 1994/95 season started the board, in their wisdom, sacked Pulis. Things had got so bad that having a collection of players with no experience whatsoever pick the side was preferable to anymore of the dross Pulis was serving up. As a mark of respect to their former boss' ideas and tactics, the team started the season with the following set of results: LLLLLLL.
I kept an eye on his subsequent career, with an ever growing incredulity that he continued to find gainful employment as a football manager. In some instances he was even head-hunted! This incredulity came to a high-water point last year when, somehow, he led Stoke to the Premiership. At last he would get the national humiliation he richly deserved. Stoke would be relegated before Christmas. This, as your author has spent a whole book describing, did not turn out to be the case. Indeed, far from revelling in Pulis' humiliation, my opinion of him swayed and I began to revel in his new found success.
Provincial teams have been promoted and survived before and I've managed to maintain a distinct lack of interest in their achievements.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Mifflin on 17 Sep 2009
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...if you're a Stoke fan.

Stephen Foster is proven as a creative writer and having already written a book about Stoke City when they were languishing at the bottom of football's second tier, he was perfectly positioned to capture the events last season when Stoke returned to the top tier for the first time in a generation. My concern, as a Stoke fan, was whether Stephen could genuinely capture the moment in his sequel book.

The good news is I think he does this brilliantly. There can be no doubt that this is a must buy (at a great price) for Stoke fans the world over. If you haven't read "She Stood There Laughing" then read that first and then read this. The two books link well and really capture the journey Stoke have taken over the last eight years. For fans of other clubs there is enough humour and spin-off football opinion to make this a very worthwhile read. I feel sure that anyone who watches football regularly will not be dissapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Eltringham on 7 Sep 2009
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Quite simply essential reading for football fans. A chronicle of how a Stoke side - routinely written off before a ball had been kicked - managed to thrive (comparatively) in the Premier League; and the story of a manager sticking two fingers up to the author who had spent years reviling him. Foster's road to Damascus, scoffing humble pie along the way ends with him learning to love the manager if not always the man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Blease on 6 Feb 2010
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This is a great read. It's an epic exemplar of the "Year on the road with [insert name of crap football team]" genre. Also, as a fellow resident of Norwich I'm very much aware of the stamina and tenacity one needs to get anywhere by road out of Norfolk. Doing it so regularly, as Stephen does, shows massive devotion to his cause. Steve Blease
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