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The First Time I Heard The Smiths
The First Time I Heard The Smiths
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good., 23 Jun. 2014
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I enjoyed this book far more than I expected as I had never heard of most of the largely US musicians who contributed. However, it was wonderful to see how songs, which I felt to be very symbolic of growing up in Northern England in the 1980s, mean as much to an awkward girl or gay teenager from small towns in places like Idaho or Colorado, often years after the band's demise.

All sorts of people all saying how the The Smiths made a huge difference to them. Highly recommended.

No Helmets Required: The Remarkable Story of the American All Stars
No Helmets Required: The Remarkable Story of the American All Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 10 Feb. 2014
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A really fascinating book. One of the many lost opportunities for rugby league internationally, Gavin Willacy has researched this fully to show that the USA really could have been a breakthrough for the sport.

I also thought I knew a fair bit about the history of the game but had no idea that a second, largely different USA team, also toured France.

Highly recommended.

To Jerusalem and Back
To Jerusalem and Back
by Simon Kelner
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Simon Kelner's Excellent Book, 27 Jan. 2009
This review is from: To Jerusalem and Back (Hardcover)
An excellent book from the former editor of `The Independent' and Swinton fan Simon Kelner). Although covering the Sky deal of 1995-96, Kelner also gives us a short history of the game he loves. He paints a wonderful picture of his years watching the game and his (and fellow journalist brother Martin's) suffering, as his father put it, following Swinton.

The book has excellent pieces on David Oxley and Maurice Lyndsay but the parts relating to his father, who used to shout out in Yiddish at games, are touching. Originally published in 1996 but still worth the read.

Liverpool City RLFC: Rugby League in a Football City
Liverpool City RLFC: Rugby League in a Football City
by Mike Brocken
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb sports book, 19 Nov. 2008
An excellent, easy to read and well researched book by that rarity, a Scouse rugby league supporter. Mike Brocken manages to bring to life the history of the club through numerous interviews with fans, ex-players and officials.

Brocken takes you through the early years of Northern Union in Liverpool and the various changes in the club's location and identity: Wigan Highfield, London Highfield, Liverpool Stanley, Liverpool City, Huyton and Runcorn finishing with the club's demise as Prescot Panthers.

We also get a wonderful feel for the camaraderie within the club, even though from the outside it was seen as a failure. The book also reminds us of great stalwarts at the club such as Jimmy Green in the thirties and more recently Geoff Fletcher.

It is well worth the money and Brocken's style makes it far more interesting than most club histories. Recommended to anyone who has any interest in sports books.

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