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The Arsenal Stadium Mystery Paperback – 18 Jun 2008


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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: GCR Books; 3rd edition edition (18 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955921104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955921100
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,231,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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....the pace is consistent throughout and an enjoyable read it is too.
-- www.aculturedleftfoot.wordpress.com, October 10, 2008

...it does the double: while scoring highly for nostalgia, it also holds its own in the suspense stakes. -- Independent on Sunday, September 28, 2008

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....the pace is consistent throughout and an enjoyable read it is too.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. L. Attwood on 18 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I guess these days most people know the Arsenal Stadium Mystery as a black and white movie which is available now on DVD. And for most of us that's where it stops.

Back in reality this was a book first - and an incredibly popular book too. Translated into loads of languages, a top seller for an author already highly established as a crime writer, it was loved for giving a real insight (the first ever public insight) into what it was actually like inside the UK's, and arguably Europe's top club.

And that is what makes the difference between the book and the movie. The movie includes a few shots of the players, and the odd bit of chit chat, but in essence footballers aren't actors, and so there was a limited amount that could be done.

The novel has no such restrictions and takes you inside the club, as well as being a jolly read in terms of being a detective novel.

But much more than this, this book was a first - it was the first football novel. What it should have been was the first in a long series - but somehow that series never materialised. Football fiction died - had a life again in comic form with Roy of the Rovers - and then died again.

There are signs these days that football fiction is returning - one thinks particularly of "The Man Who Hated Football" and if it does finally get under way as a genre in its own right it will be entirely due to this one book.

If you are an Arsenal fan you will get far more about the Arsenal out of reading this novel than you ever will from the movie, and you'll have good fun read too. Give it to someone who is an Arsenal supporter with everything - they probably won't have this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grant Eden on 14 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
The book of the film, albeit I hadn't realised there was a book of this 1930's film until I saw it advertised, covers much the same ground (ha ha) as the film does.
Those not familiar with the story may find that the detective has familiar traits to latter day TV based detectives with an eccentric investigator and more simple assistant finally solving the mystery. The film has the benefit (for those interested - and who isn't) of a behind the scenes view of Highbury and walk on parts by the 1930's Arsenal team and manager.
An ideal accompanyment to the DVD of this film and for those wanting to find something different for the Gooner in their life (come on, everyone has at least one or two of those). This book name checks the 1939 team throughout and brings them to life for the modern supporter, and for a club with as much history as The Arsenal this means that those great players that surround the Emirates as part of the "Arsenalisation" programme are fleshed out a little more.
I expect Arsene would have solved it more quickly (and played the kids)
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