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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: daf; First edition (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905080999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905080991
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,320,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Alejandro Fearnhead is a freelance journalist who has been published in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He's written for notable publications such as The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The New Zealand Herald, Sports Illustrated, World Soccer and GQ magazine. He spent three years working in New Zealand where he was a leading sportswriter and football columnist. Prior to picking up the pen he was a television cameraman in the UK and Australia. He has covered the Premier League, the UEFA Cup, and the Sydney Olympics.

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Heartfelt and uplifting, this engaging story of a struggling Prem star shipped out on loan to New Zealand will even appeal to those of you who secretly like a bit of romance. **** 5/5 stars --FourFourTwo

Bailey of the Saints is the story of unfulfilled Premier League benchwarmer Jack Bailey, who moves to New Zealand on loan in a bid to resurrect his career in the A-League. Fearnhead draws on his experiences of covering professional football as a journalist all over the world and of those people involved in the sport that he has met along the way. What he has created is a character-driven narrative that paints what feels like a very realistic picture of life as a professional footballer - from WAG girlfriends and sexual conquests, to fall-outs with managers and fears about injuries and loss of form. It is an engaging plot that also gives an interesting insight into what life is like living in a country where football is not the No. 1 sport, and while the romantic undertones aren't to this reviewer's taste, it does give depth to a book that would not be as entertaining if it only focused on the on-pitch action. Bailey is a likeable central protagonist who undergoes a transformation from a selfish, egotistical player that most of us would recognise as the quintessential modern footballer, to someone who recognises how lucky he is to be making a living from the game, via a series of 'Road to Damascus' moments. After finishing the book, one is left with a sense of hope that if Bailey can experience an epiphany, maybe some of the aforementioned over-paid and over-hyped players could have one of their own, though I would suggest it is exactly that part of the storyline that makes this a true work of football fiction --Mark Lomas - ESPN

The novel that every football fan has been waiting for - Martin Blackburn,The Sun. Brilliant. A real page-turner. - Graeme Souness. Whether you're a football fan or not, this story captures the reader's attention from the outset - Rachel Wyse, Sky Sports News. Great read, love the book - Robbie Savage. --Cover Quotes

About the Author

Author David Alejandro Fearnhead is a journalist who has worked in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Sports Illustrated, FourFourTwo, World Soccer, and GQ Magazine.

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In the February 2012 edition of the top soccer magazine 'Bailey of the Saints' by David Alejandro Fearnhead takes the number one spot in their 'Shop Window' feature. Read the review here...

Football fiction that both sexes will enjoy.

Bailey of the Saints
David Alejandro Fearnhead
(Great Northern Books, £8.99)
*****
Kidnappings and 10-goal thrillers are the staples of football novels, so it's good to read a more realistic effort. Heartfelt and uplifting, this engaging story of a struggling Prem star shipped out to New Zealand will even appeal to those of you who who secretly like abit of romance.
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"This is an easy read: the sort of book to read on holiday when you don’t want to be too challenged or to have to think. It follows Jack Bailey from rejection by the Premier League to a new start in New Zealand and a reassessment of his life. It has some nice imagery of New Zealand and takes the reader reasonably well to places they might never have visited. It has enough to help keep you going to the end; though it is not terribly well crafted as a novel." Full review of this and other football novels at: http://stevek1889.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/football-fiction.html
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Initially I thought – No way am I going to read a story about a footballer! Then once I started, I couldn’t help being engaged by Bailey of the Saints. It is a really nice and entertaining story. For those women who are reluctant to reading about sports, well this is something else, something worth reading. Bailey of the Saints is a romantic story played out on and off the pitch, with wonderful New Zealand as a background. So, what are you waiting for?
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