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Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Cl&hellip by Duncan Hamilton
Football reporter Duncan Hamilton knew Brian Clough better than most, yet could never be sure which Clough would turn up to be interviewed. Would it be the kind and brilliant Clough, who helped Hamilton try to overcome his stammer, and achieved remarkable European football success? Or would it be the drunken and cruel Clough, who ruined his great friendship with Peter Taylor, and tainted his football achievements? This memoir is at times funny and warm, and elsewhere strange and sad. Hamilton isn't afraid to write about Clough's darker side, and the overall picture that emerges is of a brilliant, complicated man - certainly one of the greatest characters football has ever seen.
My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes by Gary Imlach
Quite simply one of the best football books ever written. Gary Imlach takes the reader on a personal journey back in time to an era when football stars were everyday neighbourhood folk, and players such as his father Stewart were paid around £15 a week and were not deified as they are in the Premier League era. It's a story about how football - and the world - has changed, and will make many readers yearn for long-gone simpler days. Highly recommended.
The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in&hellip by Stuart Maconie
An informative and humorous breeze through recent British history via 50 (or 49) records - a kind of social history of pop music. Stuart Maconie has a charmingly chatty writing voice, and this is another easy and entertaining read. It's probably best seen as a companion to the Radio 2 series rather than a standalone work, as you'll want to listen to the tracks as you read about them. (My solution was to cue them up on Spotify as I read.)

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