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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755363604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755363605
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviews of Manchester United Ruined My Life:

"This is a wonderful book ... it is also extremely funny"

(The Times)

His prose ... is never less than sharp, smart and easy on the eye ... His writing is so attractive ... [I] would be thrilled to read more (Jim White, Guardian)

It is his childhood and absent friends that touch the rawest, universal nerve (Simon Garfield, Mail on Sunday)

Shindler's art lies in conversational writing, and an ability to change gear deftly from humour to devotion and back through fanaticism to the black comedy of Manchester City (Howard Davies, The Times)

Shindler is both touching and convincing in his evocation of his formative years ... it's skilful, entertaining and heading for the top of the league (Richard Pendlebury, Daily Mail)

Evocative, funny-sad and warm-hearted (Michael Henderson, The Times)

Sits in the same class as Fever Pitch ... Shindler's down-to-the-bone honesty also reminds us self-indulgence can be great entertainment (The Times)

This could still be the most important football book since Fever Pitch capturing, as it does, the delicious irony that caused City fans to fall into a soon to be legendary chorus of "Are you watching Macclesfield?" (Mick Middles, Manchester Evening News)

"Manchester City Ruined My Life...is funny, touching and telling." (Sunday Express)

'****' (The Daily Telegraph)

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A beautifully written and poignant football memoir from the author of the bestselling Manchester United Ruined My Life.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SJ on 7 Jan 2013
Format: Hardcover
Don't be fooled by the title - this book has very little to do with Manchester City.

Colin Shindler doesn't go to City matches any more, but still feels the need to try and revive his failing career as an author by one more attempt to hitch a ride on the back of their recent success.

What the book IS about is Shindler's rather dull middle age in which his career and marriage flounder...and in which he is left trying to pretend that he is important by constant references to his more successful friends.

If you enjoy overwrought hospital drama, you will appreciate the extensive coverage given to the treatment of Shindler's wife in her final months...but this episode raises more questions about their relationship than it answers.If their bond was as special as Shindler implies why had he so tamely allowed her to leave him and return to America?

The book actually reads like an extended Christmas round-robin newsletter in which we are updated at regular intervals about the progress of Shindler's "successful" children who are so independent of spirit that they dutifully troop off to the same dull Cambridge college that their father and uncle attended.

Any sympathy that the reader is meant to feel towards Shindler's rather sad later life has long since evaporated under the weight of his self-absorption and fawning relationship with Rosenthal / Howard Davies et al.

"Richer than God" by David Conn is an interesting take on City's recent change in fortune and the realities of modern football. "Manchester City ruined my life" is a fraudulent attempt to cash in on the same subject, but written by the type of self-obsessed media luvvie / hanger-on that Manchester City do not need as as a "fan" in the years ahead.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maestro on 3 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
A sad and pathetic book, written by a chap who purports to a City fan, yet clearly is nothing more than a self obsessed schemer, selling himself as a spokesman for real fans, whilst making a bucket full of money for himself.
Schindler is no city fan. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By G. Foran on 19 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
So Schindler berates city for selling their souls then proceeds to earn a parasitical living off them?
How can you read a book based on this premise? This is borderline racist in his hatred of the Sheik. Very poor indeed
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ChrisG on 19 May 2012
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Having previously released a book entitled charmingly Manchester Utd ruined my life, one imagines that Mr Shindler found the temptation of rounding on City for a few £ to be an opportunity too good to miss. Shindler comes across as a sympathetic guy, but without putting it too harshly, an old woman. The reasons he falls out of love with City are incoherent, old-fashioned and uninteresting - they say more about him than they do about MCFC & one detects more than an element of disingenuousness in the tale - why without it you could not come up with a story to tell at all.... and then there are the anecdotes about being a single elder man later in the book and pages and pages on the challenges of online dating and contemplating sex with a new partner after 30 years marriage. Too much information and too much tedium.

So in the end all that leads you to buy this book is the provocative title, which as a City fan I fell for. Do not be conned - this is a rotten book.
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Just finished reading this & it's a scream! I know exactly what he's talking about having been a fan of the citizens scince boyhood.
It is a compelling read,as it's not just all about football (& cricket),It's about life,made me laugh & made me cry in equal measures.
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By Barrie on 22 Aug 2013
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If you read and enjoyed Manchester United Ruined My Life then you will want to read this sequel, which deals with the authors life through middle age and consequently is a more serious look at his life affected by illness and tragedy. The humour remains as does the vilification of Manchester United although as the title suggests Shindler has ended his life long love affair with City now they too are a money bags club who have lost their roots. There is a lot in this book to interest the football fan but don't buy it expecting a football book, it is more than that, its a life story.
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Format: Hardcover
More personal and moving than 'Man United Ruined my Life',less about football and cricket and more about loss and bereavement and the adjustments one has to make when we 'lose' the essential loves of our life. I am about the same age as the author, and can identify with the central themes of the book. Replace Lancashire CCC with Yorkshire CCC and Manchester City with a Championship side struggling for survival, then my story would be comparable. I am less interested in the money driven (from Sky & overseas)Premiership football which has alienated and priced out many of its loyal fans, I would rather watch Bradford in the JP Trophy than the forthcoming Manchester derby, Schindler recognises the cost to many football fans of the Premiership selling its soul.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Johnkls on 27 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really don't get shindlers reason for writing this book, although I have to applaud the irony of his timing it's release for the weekend city won the league, whilst droning on about how money has ruined his love for the club. Fill your boots Colin.

Living abroad, never going to games, then writing a book on how he now feels alienated, let's face it, it's a book based following the club over the Internet.

I thought Manchester united ruined my life was a big let down, this book is just Colin cashing in, in my own personal opinion, the ramblings of a grumpy old man, with nothing new to say.
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