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Whatever Happened to Billy Parks
Whatever Happened to Billy Parks
by Gareth Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Make room on your bookshelf!, 18 Jan. 2014
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"Shankly said...Shankly said...Shankly said..." so drone the sad and backward supporters of an insignificant team who warm themselves by living in the past - their mind numbing mantra is like a warped echo of an Orwellian nightmare "4 legs good...." but to be fair to our kopite friends there IS something comforting in the past. The past is treasured and immutable and cannot be re-written...can it? Football fans often dream about re-writing the past - some will actually seek to do so...on their X-box..... BUT the failures of the past are important. The pain that inevitably comes from failure defines us as football fans.
It is important for football fans to be there - both for the fleeting moments of glory and for the glorious failures. Why? To avoid, (as Gareth R Roberts nails it in his superb new book) "The devastating lonely feeling of insignificance." AS painful as these feelings are to us fans, what must they be like for the players? These failures surely compound and magnify whatever failures they may have in their private lives and this book takes us on a journey to explore what it might be like to be one of those players. The Book asks the question "should we aim to be a little according to our aspirations in one great big nihilistic fantasy?" Our hero Billy Parks has to live with the consequences of his past actions, and like the rest of us he wishes he could rewind and rewrite the mistakes of the past. Billy Parks is so much more than a gestalt or an amalgam of former players, though I'm sure readers will see who they want to see in him, he is a fully fledged character, no shallow stereotype but a complex and multi-faceted flawed hero.
Lots of football books have been written by and written for pseudo intellectuals...this...ISN'T one of them! It IS intelligently written, and is drenched in the floodlit, soft focused nostalgia of our collective past - This book deserves a place on your bookshelf! Whether you love football or not - you will be moved by it. It successfully captures the mentality of the football world but gives it a heroic almost Shakespearean scope (with one scene straight from Richard III when the past comes to haunt our hero!)
Truly, I can't recommend this book highly enough! (HELLO BBC FILMS! - GET IN TOUCH WITH THE AUTHOR PRONTO!)

The Smell of Football
The Smell of Football
by Phil Neville
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smell of Football brings the sound of laughter!!!, 10 Aug. 2011
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An honest, insightful and often hysterical look at the glamorous (and not so glamorous) world of professional football.
This will bring a smile to your face. It would make a cracking gift for anyone with an interest in football. Great read! LOVED IT!

Legend Unborn, The Key of Souls - Book 1
Legend Unborn, The Key of Souls - Book 1
Price: £2.39

5.0 out of 5 stars A vibrant little gem!!!!!!!, 17 July 2011
"A nice cup of tea and a cheese sandwich.." now who could resist that? who could resist this vibrant little gem?
For lovers of the creative and the fantastic this book will sate your appetites. Fabulous creatures and wonderful characters aplenty: An eagle who is afraid of heights, vicious predators with razor sharp teeth made of living diamonds, Arrr the god of sailors...and a wolf called puddle! Interested? Wait til you meet the rest of the characters! And yet,no matter how strikingly fantastical these characters are, I was most impressed with their humanity.
This book is a must!Think of it as Robert Graves and a light touch of Terry Pratchett; BUT make NO mistake, this is a fresh new talent - if this is Mr Welsh's first attempt, then this guy is one to watch. Bravo sir!
- now I'm off for a nice cup of tea and a cheese sandwich! ;-)

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