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Bailey of the Saints [Paperback]

David Alejandro Fearnhead , Jordyn Moullette - Cover Image
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Book Description

12 Sep 2011
At last, a fast-paced, intelligent novel, set against the backdrop of international football. Opening up a new genre of literature for those who enjoy reading and love football. Jack Bailey dreamed of being the next big thing in the Premiership. Six years on and he finds himself an unfulfilled, GBP 6,000-a-week benchwarmer with a WAG girlfriend who is ready to dump him at the first sign of a better offer. Unwanted by his club he is 'loaned out' to a side in New Zealand. A nobody on the other side of the world he is forced to reassess his selfish ways, but is it too late for Jack Bailey to resurrect his career? Incidents woven into the storyline are inspired by true events revealed to the author by players he has interviewed during his career as a football journalist, giving the plot a veracity that will make it a real page-turner for all sports fans. A well-written, pacy narrative with a clear voice "Bailey of the Saints" tells a human story that will appeal to all - not just football fans. This is the first in a series of books following the adventures of fictional footballer Jack Bailey

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: daf; First edition (12 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905080999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905080991
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044,150 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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3.0 out of 5 stars an easy read: the sort of book to read on holiday 29 July 2014
By steve
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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:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect summer book! 14 Aug 2012
Don't let the football theme put you off this book as I'm no football fan but still really enjoyed reading Bailey of the Saints. Set in New Zealand, the wonderful descriptions of the area captures the atmosphere that you can almost smell the humidity for real! Suprisingly, I think that this novel will appeal to both men and women.....I'm looking forward to seeing more of Mr Fearnhead's work in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Bailey' gets 5/5 in FourFourTwo 10 Jan 2012
By buzz
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Bailey is a good read 7 Nov 2011
By katfish
I came across this book originally on Autonomy. Male and female readers will enjoy the storyline of the life of a young footballer who is struggling to find his place in life both on and off the football field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bailey of the Saints - a well-written book that grabs you from the start 3 Nov 2011
By Stef - Published on
I have only recently taken to watching soccer (football) and cannot say that I understand the game as well as most, but my lack of knowledge did not in any way pose as an obstacle to my complete enjoyment of this novel by David Alejandro Fearnhead. Bailey of the Saints is well-written and draws the reader into the storyline from the beginning with engaging characters and circumstances, and following the development of the characters, particularly Bailey, over the course of the novel was really enjoyable. Although he may not have been a "Saint" at the start of events, Bailey's journey through life events and his career give perspective about what is ultimately important in both.
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