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Celtic and Me: Confessions from the Jungle [Paperback]

Dominik Diamond
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26 Aug 2010
Celtic & Me - Confessions from the Jungle is the funny, original story of Dominik Diamond's very public life as a Celtic supporter. Shockingly, he started out as a Rangers fan but later realized the error of his ways and controversially changed allegiance. His outspoken views on Rangers have made him more than a little unpopular on one side of Glasgow. In Celtic & Me, find out what part he played in Martin O'Neill becoming Celtic manager. Why Seville was so awful? Why he was banned from Celtic TV? Which old firm manager is best at pub trivia machines? Which Rangers legend made Dominik weep with his kindness and which one threatened to out him on live TV for being a teenage Rangers fan? And what happened the night he was threatened outside a Glasgow kebab shop? From sickening bigotry to the joy he felt at being part of the Celtic family, Celtic & Me is the story of a man who refused to shut up and the price you pay when you do that as an Old Firm fan with a well-known face.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Black and White Publishing (26 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845022939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845022938
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dominik Diamond's comedy career was doomed when he introduced the host of Have I Got News For You as Sean Deayton when doing warm-up for their first ever show. But he did squeeze out a colourful media career, from the Gamesmaster phenomenon to documentaries proving God's existence. He has survived a decade as a national newspaper columnist, had one of the UK's most successful radio phone-ins, inspired Simon Pegg to be a comedian, punched one half of Little Britain on live TV, helped launch the Fratellis, sang onstage with Glasvegas and still found time to support Celtic.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane 25 Nov 2010
An excellent insight into the life of a Celtic supporter and how, through his passion for this club,he was able to delve into the very darkest corners of himself.You can really feel the swell and atmosphere of "the jungle"and for me that was an emotion that I wanted to relive(as a child I frequented ParkHead on numerous occasions) and through this book I was certainly able to do it.Entertaining,witty and uncomfortably honest at times;just the kind of read that I like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "diamond" read 25 Nov 2010
I read this in one go, and despite the Old Firm meaning sweat FA to me (being a mancunian) I still couldn't stop reading it. Funny, interesting, educational and sprinkled with a hint of voodoo, and it even has pictures in the middle so if you're trying to read it while steaming you can just look at the pics instead so your eyes don't go fuzzy and hurt. The second best book to come from Scotland after Trainspotting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another football book! 28 Aug 2010
Having just finished reading a book about Henrik Larsson that was mediocre at best and rarely strayed from bland statistics it was an utter delight to find this book.

This is not just a book about football. It is about one man's journey through life with football as a backdrop.

I suppose many people will know Mr. Diamond from his appearances in the media. However, in this book we get to see the real Dominik...a man plagued by his own personal demons and a man who genuinely cares about the people in his life, family and friends.

Reading this you get to know what a warm, funny and intelligent guy he is and you end up feeling like you know him just like one of your mates.

Oh and the football bit? It's not a blow by blow account of one match after another but about what it's really like to be a fan...passion, joy, despair and comradeship.

Every Celtic supporter should read this. In it they will see a true reflection of why they feel that we are one big family.

Every other football supporter should read it simply because it is a riot!

Rangers fans should read it to see why they are, most definitely, not THE people.

Non-footballing fans should read it as it is, probably, the most honest autobiography this decade!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A wonderfully honest examination of a man's battle with coke and his love affair with football - Dominik must be incredibly talented - he has all the talent to draw himself up to incredible heights - only to bring himself crashing down - with frightening regularity. A very personal telling of a series of alcohol and coke-fuelled slow-motion car-crashes - I read it from cover to cover in a single sitting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 27 Aug 2010
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Leaving aside his brushes with the emotive topic of Old Firm bigotry (as a writer you're always on a hiding to nothing there), this book is actually well written, funny and involving. Sit back and relish (if that's your thing) the slow-motion train wreck that was DD's life. If he deserves praise for anything, it's for putting his hand up and admitting the error of his ways. That this happened so frequently in his past is nothing short of astonishing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Honest and Entertaining 6 Sep 2010
Funny, Honest and Entertaining. Celtic & Me is a must read for all celtic fans and Football fans in general.

Football, drugs, alcohol, depression, insomnia, bigotry, arguments, bust ups and more.Dominik Diamond has written an excellent account of his career highs and lows and his experiences as a high profile Celtic Fan in the Media.

A great read from start to finish.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Made I laff! 1 Sep 2010
This book made me laugh. A lot. Extremely funny account of Dominik's rise and fall, with all the attendant shenanigans. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarily funny 26 Aug 2010
Dominik Diamond is one of the world's most under-rated wits and this book does not disappoint. It's quirky and funny and brilliant touching and somewhat scary. Rather like the man.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun
Easy style
Well written in a conversational tone
Dominic manages to relate tales of happiness and some sadness in a jaunty fashion.
Published 2 months ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Honest
I remember Dominik Diamond from the Gamesmaster show, in the 90's. So, I was a bit unsure whether to buy this book, simply because back then I couldn't stand to see or hear him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
It's a good read if you are a Celtic fan who grew up watching Gamesmaster. I really clicked with a lot of what he wrote about being Scottish, Catholic and a Celtic fan. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christopher J Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
Must confess when I used to hear Dominik Diamond on Steve Wrights radio show during the 90's was completely un-aware he was a diehard Celtic fan. Read more
Published 13 months ago by steveo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight and perspective of being a well known Celtic fan
I enjoyed this book, good read and equally good personal back-end stories. Which helped it retain just the right amount of interest for the reader not to give up on this book as... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gavin Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond Read
Witty, funny and gripping, DD speaks from the heart about Scotland and the shame that is known as Rangers with their bigoted Nazi adoring fans. Highly recommended.
Published 18 months ago by Rhona Drummond
5.0 out of 5 stars We are all Dominik Diamond.....
I love Celtic. After God and family, Celtic is the most important part of my being. This book explains all that and tells my story through the words of a reformed maniac. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joe R
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
Excellent book, with having family from the authors background I could relate to most of the book, another one Dominic
Published 19 months ago by james O'Neill
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Celtic and me; just me me me
What self indulgent nonsense. This guy is a drug fueled bigot who needs to grow up.
I bought this book after reading the reviews. Who wrote them? Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by ACD
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Funny - Great Stuff.
Really enjoyed this book - tore through it in only a couple of sittings. Its not a difficult read - as such - however to read about a man reflect and comment on his own... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Vinnylad
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