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Life with Sir Alex: A Fan's Story of Ferguson's 25 Years at Manchester United
Life with Sir Alex: A Fan's Story of Ferguson's 25 Years at Manchester United
by Will Tidey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A six star book, 19 Mar. 2012
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Will's love for MUFC is bordering on religious, as football is a region for many. His higher being is Sir Alex Ferguson and you can easily see why the team you love becomes a lifetime friend, longer than almost any other relationship in your life, with highs and the lows.

His baby watched the reds on television form the lap of his father from his first few days - such a wonderful view on life.

I couldn't put this book down. If I could give it six stars, I would.

Glory, Goals and Greed: Twenty Years of the Premier League
Glory, Goals and Greed: Twenty Years of the Premier League
by Joe Lovejoy
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read with a grudge, 29 Feb. 2012
Joe Lovejoy brings the Premier League into focus across its twenty years. He addresses all the major points of those years with good interviews with key personnel. Unfortunately, he shows a massive bias against the most successful team of that period - Manchester United. For example; where he suggest matches of those 20 years, it's MUFC's largest defeats that get mentioned, although he does fill the book with other MUFC discussions; the 20 headline makers are mostly based around sad MUFC tales. If he is an MUFC supporter he's completed quite an injustice to balance the books, so to speak.

What he does well is introduces subjects we've all talked about for 20 years with some good back up material. It's almost as good as his 'Bestie' book onBestie: A Portrait Of A Legend George Best, but not quite.

How to be Ferocious like Sir Alex Ferguson: Hits & Memories of the Human Hairdryer: the Tantrums, the Tirades, the Trophies
How to be Ferocious like Sir Alex Ferguson: Hits & Memories of the Human Hairdryer: the Tantrums, the Tirades, the Trophies
by Glenn Connley
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars You have to admire the man, 10 Jan. 2012
The writer sets out to try and pull apart the legend that is Sir Alex. He fails. He tries to list reasons why Sir Alex is hated, but proves that most find him interesting, fun and the master of football management. The man has the will to win, but not at all costs. All the points in favour of finding Sir Alex at fault are mostly pointers to why he's the most successful manager ever.

Like him or not, it's a good read even if a little short. Perhaps not a best gift idea for any 'Pool supporters.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing support, 7 Sept. 2010
The best there is having tried the rest. It works. Simple as that. Maintains long term use.

Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King
Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King
by Philippe Auclair
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cantona book, 15 Feb. 2010
This is the best bio I've read in years. It explains the man behind the star. I feel I know more about The King than just his great performances and goals. If there was a facility to give a bonus star, I would. Just a small point, my copy has 469 pages, so maybe I have a bonus 200+ pages! Cantona and Goerge best; the two best players the game has ever had. This book; the best bio.

50 People Who Fouled Up Football
50 People Who Fouled Up Football
by Michael Henderson
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish; don't buy this, 11 Dec. 2009
Anyone who even suggests that George Best 'fouled up football' doesn't deserve to be in print, although I do agree with freedom of speech. This author can say what he likes, but everyone else knows GB was the greatest player ever, Pele says so - and this book should be avoided.
I'd give in no stars but Amazon won't let me!

Black Light Rising
Black Light Rising
by Michael F. Rudder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This book that should be a hit movie, 1 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Black Light Rising (Paperback)
Michael F Rudder's first novel brings a breathtaking and exciting story set in the Caribbean, but potentially affecting almost the whole world. He sets small island government off against large world superpowers.

The Barbados government changes its boundaries to extend their fishing facilities at exactly the same time as a new island is discovered, just inside their new territory.

The island has strange energy powers which set the original two super powers, the United States and Russia, and the new highest populations, India and China, wanting to seek and control the new island. The first people on the scene raise the French flag while Trinidad & Tobago want a slice of the action as it's so close to their borders. The Pope appears to be on holiday there at the same time; even he's trying to change the world's accepting of sacred views!

The detailed involvement of spies from the assorted countries makes me wonder if Michael doesn't know more about that subject than he's prepared to say.

The political bickering takes a step back when two nuclear submarines crash into each other and then onto the island. The whole world needs to work together, under the guidance of Barbados, to solve the impending nuclear disaster.

You can feel Michael's previous experience as a radio and television presenter and producer come through to present a vivid picture of life in the Caribbean, especially Barbados. This is combined with his political experience to show us the inside working of small government up against the large powers who like to get what they say, but sometimes the tiny islands stand up for themselves. Sometimes the large countries need to listen.

This book should be made into a movie, of that there is no doubt. It would involve as many diverse country locations as most Bond films, but be based around the Caribbean, especially Barbados, one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The action and dialogue is tense and heated. Perhaps he should start writing the screenplay now.

Raindance Writers' Lab: Write and Sell the Hot Screenplay
Raindance Writers' Lab: Write and Sell the Hot Screenplay
by Elliot Grove
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot is best, 8 July 2008
If you only choose one book on being a screenplay writer, then this should be your choice.

This is the book that takes you through the various parts of writing your screenplay, how to complete it, who to get it to and lays out all of your business resources exactly where you want them in enough detail, but not needing a Harvard degree to understand them.

This isn't the book you need if you want to write a screenplay that will sell for a million dollars, because it isn't a writer's bible on structure, methodology etc. This book gives you the basics in all areas. It informs and lets you do the hard work of actually writing a script without being bogged down in 22 point structures or 7 point analysis.

First and foremost it tells you that script must be hot, not average, not good, but the best it can be. Less is not good enough.

Planning your script, scene assembly, characters, scene writing and then dialogue takes first timers through the initial stages required.

A good section on copyright is followed by marketing your script, because without marketing, it's a collection of typed papers.

You'll learn about the movie game and how to start a networking file with good advice the whole time.

The life of a screenwriter is important; how do you manage your life while writing?

The section on rejection is most useful; it will happen. Be there and deal with it.

The resources guide is a good starting point, but I guess (not!) that the writer really wants you to go to his website and use his facilities - and why not; they're great.

It teaches you all you need to know to get going and if that isn't enough for you, then the accompanying CD (make sure you get it if you're buying this book second hand) provides plenty of extras to guide you further. The format guide is most useful, the blank pages for story planning should be used often instead of blindly going at it without preparation; but some writing is better than procrastination.

There are sections about writing letters; pitching your screenplay and the possible deals you may be offered.

I like the part that helps you watch out for the scam artists, producers and directors!

This book is as good as Elliot Grove's other titled `Lo to No Budget Filmmaking'. Have the two and you'll have all you need to write, sell, make the movie and watch the profits come rolling in.

by Suzi Quatro
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzi keeps rockin, 14 Dec. 2007
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This review is from: Unzipped (Hardcover)
What an excellent book, so easy to read yet compeling at all stages. The use of her talking to herself throughout the book worked well. She's led an amazing life, but at great cost, but I doubt she'd have it any other way. I remember that first TOTP appearance, the leather, the girl, the music. My school could talk of nothing else; and we still do! Suzi really is the leader in her field and at nearly 60 still rocks in concert. I found the book bring to us all a new side of her life that's been kept very private over the years. Long may she rock and issue new CDs and play live. I look forward to the next book update in around ten years as she rocks after getting her pension, but will she collect it from the post office? I would recommend this book not only to her fans, but to anyone who wnats to know more about 70's glam rock, and how to make a career last 40+ years in the rock business. As young men we all thought we'd stand a chance of 'pulling' Suzi, given the chance. How wrong we were and how many of us could have kept up with her six hour sex sessions! ha ha, can that can.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy rocks in 2007, 14 Nov. 2007
This review is from: Boulders (Audio CD)
It's a long while since I listened to the whole Boulders album track by track. I have tracks across Roy's various hits CDs, but here together in Boulders I sense the CD of the year; 2007. The new remix is absolutley superb in every aspect. The variation of songs, the instruments and the new mix make this my best of the year so far. Even what I consider 'filler' tracks originally, they now all fit perfectly. This same year he had both Grandma Plays The Banjo and Jolly Cup of Tea. What great fun.

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