I think Giles Smith is one of the funniest - if not the funniest - journalist writing on a national daily UK newspaper today. His columns in The Times are uniformly insightful, quirky and often laugh-out-loud funny. His take on "Sport on TV' - where he reviews not just sports events on TV, but sportsmen/women appearing on such peripherals as Dancing on Ice, Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Strictly Come Dancing et al - is must reading. You don't have to have watched the programme to know what went on: indeed, you don't want to watch the programme, in case it destroys the illusion which Giles conjures up.
This book is made up of selectively-edited Times columns (confusingly the publishers' page says they "first appeared in the Sunday Times" - no, I don't think so). They all generally drip with quotable quotes (as Reader's Digest has, or had, it), the sort of opinion you want to pass off as your own to impress your mates down the pub, or get a WAG-gish type bird into bed, or something.
I am a Kiwi, and my understanding of English football is rudimentary, to say the least (Smith doesn't look at rugger), but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just didn't like Appendix B "The Soul of Chelsea in 50 Moments".
I have no problem with Chelsea, AS A TEAM, but I live in south London, and I do have a problem with Chelsea supporters. And here Giles Smith comes out of the closet as a Blue of the sort you don't want in your local when Chelsea are playing on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon - or any other day. Boorish, boastful...and it's totally out of character with the rest of the book. In two words: Not Funny.
My advice: a definite buy...but rip out Appendix B, because it leaves an unnecessarily nasty taste in the mouth.