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There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil: The Life and Times of a Bon Viveur [Paperback]

Alan Brazil , Mike Parry
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4 Jun 2007
Alan Brazil's hilariously engaging autobiography was the surprise bestseller of 2006, a life-enhancing antidote to the bland life-stories of a gaggle of young Premier League superstars. Alan and his co-writer, Mike 'Porky' Parry, have added fresh stories of japes, pranks and mishaps, and they can be relied upon to keep the bottles of bubbly slipping down a treat. Funny and controversial by turns, "There's an Awful Lot of Bubbly in Brazil" will delight and entertain all football followers as well as the multitude of fans of Alan's "talkSPORT" breakfast show.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Highdown; New Ed edition (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905156367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905156368
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "crammed with anecdotes... life-enhancing" Daily Telegraph * "an intriguing read" FourFourTwo"

About the Author

Alan Brazil was a highly successful professional footballer for Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Coventry, QPR and Scotland. He now presents the award-winning Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT radio. Mike Parry is a colleague of Alan's on talkSPORT and was a newspaper executive in Fleet Street.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 11 Oct 2007
i thought this book was one of the worst sporting biographies I have ever read,which I was surprised at bearing in mind it was written by the talented Mike Parry.However I guess there is only so much you can write about someone and his drinking exploits. The guy seems to pride himself on his ability to get freebies and the amount of alcohol he can drink....well congratulations on being successful at both those pursuits but I'm afraid the bookwritng has failed miserably.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bland stuff 25 July 2007
This is tedious repetitive stuff. Apart from a couple of chapters from his playing days and his time at Celtic this is a pretty bland effort. There is a limit on describing how many times you have drunk champagne with "Porky" and the hilarious "anecdotes" are pretty laboured. At times its a bit like listening to David Brent's admiration for Finchy.

Mickey Quinn did this subject much better a couple of years ago. Save your money for a pint. The bad news is that his second book is supposed to be even worse....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mike Parry"s book? 18 Oct 2007
The queston that needs to be asked is why is this book written by mega-bore Mike Parry,who just happens to be Brazils boss.It reads like the Mike Parry version of Brazils life not his own.Its as if Parry wrote it and showed it to Brazil the day before it was published.The first chapter makes you want to throw up,its all about Brazil being fired by guess who?Yes you have guessed it MikeParry. How can Parry be objective about one of his own employees?.And there is only so much you can take reading about all his freebies(does he ever pay for anything?) and getting drunk.Instead of criticizing Brazils huge alcohol intake Parry just encourages it,its all one big laugh. Will Alan Brazil be writing Mike Parrys book?

This really is a wasted opportunity.There is a decent story to be told about why a promising career went downhill after he left Ipswich especially the two moves to Man Utd and Spurs which were nothing short of a disaster, but get a decent writer to write it not someone with the writing skills of a two year old.Someone who is willing to tell Brazil"s story warts and all.As Brazil would say save your money and buy yourself a bottle of wine. Very disappointing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was this written to satisfy a bet? 4 Jan 2009
It seems Brazil bet Parry he could not write a book with the words 'champagne' or 'bubbly' on every page for the first two thirds of the book, and Parry won the wager.

If you do read this book, skip to the part where Alan finally starts talking about his football career, and how he rightly took on a former youth coach in court. The chapter or two about Ipswich, Spurs and Man U are worth a look. However, forget the first few chapters, which ram home the point that Alan Brazil drinks champagne at every opportunity, and which say little else.

Pity really, as I love his breakfast show and shall continue to listen wth pleasure.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Brazil - The 5 goal wonder 6 Nov 2006
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As a talk sport listener and ITFC fan I took no convincing in buying this great book. It reads as if Alan is presenting his show and is very funny at times. It was very interesting to see why he lost his job there and how we all got him reinstated. Dont ever let him go again as he is MR TalkSport. The order of stories were strange at times and I wish there had been more about Ipswich Town and beating the yellow peril. This is a perfect book for a holiday or a long flight (On Singapore Airlines of course!!!).
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Like many I've enjoyed the talksport breakfast show for many years. The book very much focuses on his time on the radio (it's ghost written by his colleague and friend Mike Parry [porky]). The chapters cover the good times and the bad, and expose Mr Brazil as exactly what we know him to be - a fun, generous and entertaining man with great warmth and respect for most around him.

Other areas include his youth, love for the game, his close bond with Ipswich Town and also the difficult times. These include some of his transfers away from Ipswich and the fun, and at the same time deadly serious, run ins with the powers that be at Talk Sport.

A well written and flowing read: highly recommended for those who not only enjoy the radio show but football in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Talk sport best 28 Sep 2013
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Great. Read for talk sport fans. Brazil at his best with Porky along for company and entertainment value. A master team at work and play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read 2 Aug 2013
I found the book very entertaining.

All the chapters held my interest. This is despite me having a general lack of interest of interest in some of the subject matter such as horse racing and gambling.

Alan Brazil was clearly totally committed to everything he did & does. It takes a lot of courage to:
1. Play football with a swagger.
2. Walk away from security of contracts to take lesser contracts so he had more chance of playing despite having a chronic back condition.
3. Go to court and give testimony concerning abuse.
4. Give scant regard to his radio/media career when it impinged upon living his life in an entertaining matter.

Despite exposure to high living and celebrity, Brazil never lost his ability to relate to fans and normal people. His enjoyment of life, humanity and common touch shine through every anecdote.
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