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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Speakeasy Books (Jun. 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0956594409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956594402
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew S. Gaughan on 21 Nov. 2011
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Daniel Harris must have a lot of journalist friends, because the comments promoting this book are baffling. I was expecting acerbic and amusing football commentary mixed in with social observation as the author travels around the country. Instead, it's just a blog transferred into print, written with all the feel of a man sat in front of a computer (which is where he watches a fair few of the matches). Some of the football criticism is good - his criticism of Ferguson is refreshing and necessary - some of it not so good, such as his ongoing demand to replace Nani with Obertan, but the book mostly reads as a rant written by a not particularly pleasant football fan. Any social observation consists of "Blackburn really is a horrible place" and at Sunderland "the crowd was a particularly dense shade of fat." All I came away with was a sense of the vituperative nastiness of the modern fan reared on TV, so it's authentic in that sense at least.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By strangeways on 27 July 2010
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If you are like me, you may have had doubts about the basic premise of this book: a week-by-week review of United's 2009/2010 season. However, from the first page your attention will be instantly grabbed by the iconoclastic take on events on and off the field. Only when you make it through to the final match of the season will you realise you've been exposed to anything but the typical blinkered views you may have been expecting from what is obviously a hardcore fan. In particular the views expressed about Sir Alex Ferguson may not be agreed with, but they are certainly thought-provoking. This is easily one of the most stylish, insightful, self-aware and philosophical narratives of its genre and I recommend you buy a copy quick.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Taylor on 25 Mar. 2012
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Not one of the best 'follow United for a season' books. Too much of a rant about Glazers owning the club, Ferguson's poor selection and tactics, and way off the mark players comments ('sell Nani to make way for Obertan and Tosic'! - FFS). Sounds more like he should be supporting Chelsea or FC United rather than a true United fan 100% behind the club and its players.
Only redeeming feature is some comments about opposition players and managers. Could have been quite entertaining but too much bile to wade through in the process. Plenty of better options out there
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cpf on 29 July 2010
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Compelling reading. No other book i've come across has managed to mix insightful football analysis with such cutting humour. Can't recommend it enough
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MightyMariner on 29 July 2011
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Well written. I even laughed a couple of times but on the whole the feeling I got was that the author is just a miserable git. The only time he seems happy was not really when United won more when someone else had lost. I appreciate his obvious love for most things Manchester United but his unpleasant attacks on people he didn't like were unbalanced and his predictions have not materialised. United have significantly improved on that season not shuffled off to die. The anti Glazer movement has crumbled and Park and Valencia are heros at Old Trafford now unlike Johnny Evans who the author seems to think is a better player than Rio Ferdinand. An entertaining book, witty at times but spoiled by bile.
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This is a brilliant piece of writing, which as others have said, goes way beyond its remit of an account of a football season. I stumbled onto it through the extremely pressing recommendation of a trusted friend, and I'm glad I bothered. The pieces gel together into a kaleidoscope of insight, with at least one laugh out loud moment per piece. Perhaps its greatest asset is the unique language of the author - left, right and centre he creates new phrases and images which I can see sticking in the vernacular for many years to come. Buy, devour and enjoy.
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By Kenton Dave on 3 Aug. 2010
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Incisive and insightful; entertaining and erudite. This is the voice of the real supporter.Critical, maybe,frustrated,perhaps; but always and ultimately on the side of the club he loves. This book is the authentic voice from the terraces but,as with all significant literature, it goes beyond its apparent context.Seemingly about Manchester United,it's also about football in the raw.But,it's not just a football book. Whoever said that football is a metaphor for life must have had this book in mind. Get a copy-and quick.
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It's been a while since I've read a football book that I liked but I'd put this one right up there with the best - Daniel captures the emotional roller coaster of following a football team perfectly - the delirium of a last minute win, the despair of a late loss and the occasional hilarity of a match where the outcome plays second fiddle to the events which surround it. Great writing and a passion and knowledge of the game shine through. This is fever pitch for the new millenium.
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