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Walter Tull, (1888-1918), Officer, Footballer: All the Guns in France Couldn't Wake Me Paperback – 11 Nov 2009


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Raw Press; 1st Edition edition (11 Nov. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956395406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956395405
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Vasili was born in London but grew up in Cambridge. He now lives back in Kentish Town, London very close to where he was born. As a boy he dreamed of becoming a professional footballer. His mum wanted him to be a dentist (like her father) while his father wanted him to work alongside in an electronics factory. Though he played at representative and semi-professional level he never achieved his ambition of becoming a full-time pro. He now coaches at youth level and scouts in London for a northern premiership club.
Writing, like football, is a passion he has had since childhood. He wrote his first book length manuscript in his late teens. 'A load of pretentious tosh' it is browning at the edges in a cupboard in his study! However, it was, he admits, good practice. Unable to separate his obsessions he writes mainly about footballers, having had published two biographies and a social history.
He has also written a novel 'Felt and Batten' and drama scripts. He was executive producer of 'Antonio's Breakfast' which won the 2006 short film (drama) BAFTA.
Phil has four children, Andrea, Fionnulla, Alex and Louisa and a granddaughter, Coco Brooks, daughter of Fionnulla and Darren.
Writing is a punishing self-indulgence that hardens you: 'you're constantly broke, eat crap food and have a cabbie's knowledge of local charity shops and poundsaver locations but what else are you going to do?' And, sitting on your backside for hours on end makes the attraction of marching against capitalism and for socialism even more exciting.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Barnes on 27 May 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a real eye-opening book. We know there has been vicious racism for centuries, and in the 'beautiful game' too, but the (almost) first black pro footballer was a victim of this in 1910 and then of the German guns, after he had got past the Army's rules and racism to become an officer. An amazing story - and a few things in there about my grandfather too!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Humphrey on 3 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Walter Tull - An inspirational read that is a must for everyone.

Not only does this book tell the remarkable life story of this pioneering man who overcame adversity to achieve so much in his life but also gives an insite into the world in which he struggled to overcome many barriers with dignity and acceptance.

READ THIS BOOK
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By N. Mccrery on 18 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well written well researched really enjoyed. Buy it, a great read about one of the forgotten hero's of WW1. How many more Tull's are there out there?
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