'An idiosyncratic voice and a sharp eye for the absurd.' -- The Observer Sport
'Fascinating and compelling, this is a timely book, particularly with the Olympics currently focusing all eyes on the Chinese government.' -- 442 magazine
'His [Rowan's] love for football is evidently equaled by his love for China, and they are the two passions celebrated in this book.' -- Asian Review of Books
'His love affair with the country is colourfully recollected in this sport-driven travelogue as he brushes against politics...' -- Metro
'Please buy a copy of this book. His journey is great and his passion infectious.'
-- London Arts News
'Rowan recalls the various successes and failures of his efforts to encourage his adopted country to embrace the beautiful game.' -- Independent Publisher's Group website
'Simons describes his 20-year experience of teaching the Chinese to play football and the game's evolution in the country.'
-- The Wall Street Journal
'Simons is able to deal with a wealth of cultural materials and offer far-reaching insights.' -- China International Business magazine
'This is a book largely about amateur football but you most definitely do not need to be interested in football...' -- China Britain Business Review
'[Simons] uses football...as a prism through which to take a wider sociopolitical look at the country and its Culture.' -- Metro
'Bamboo Goalpost is a highly unusual and very entertaining sporting book.'
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