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Messi by Guillem Balague
Messi by Guillem Balague
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's a big book at well over 600 pages (and on top of the words there are dozens of great colour photos as well), but then it's dealing with a big subject. It postulates the idea that Messi may well be the greatest footballer of all time. Even an old man like me who watched Pele from his emergence in the 1958 World Cup as a seventeen-year-old is persuaded by this book that this is more than a credible assertion. As you might expect from Guillem Balague this is no half-baked attempt to tell the Messi story which we all hope is far from finished. Guillem is a son of Catalunia and even though his own club is Espanyol, he knows and intimately understands how things work with Barcelona FC… Read more
Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester
Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I started reading this book on my Kindle when I was into my third month-long visit to the territory within less than a year. I was there primarily to spend time with a significant other but felt that it was time to start soaking up some history, some sense of belonging. I am not one for embracing the hurly-burly of city life but I have been captivated by the sheer vitality of the place. John Lanchester's book that tells the stories of four different individuals does, as a bye-product, cover the ground I was wanting to know more about. I wouldn't want my review to be a spoiler; suffice to say that what was, in any case, an engrossing story, brought me to my emotional knees! As other… Read more
Guillem Balague's Euro 2012 Diary by Guillem Balague
4.0 out of 5 stars Spanish Gold!, 14 July 2012
Those of us who follow Spanish football are of course aware of Guillem Balague from his regular contributions to Revista de la Liga on Sky tv. He is as familiar to us as an old sock but with the added advantage of his breadth of knowledge and insightful observations. He isn't one of those journalists who has to scuttle around the fringes of a great event like Euro 2012 to pick up scraps of news but a man who has easy access to players and coaches and their respect too.

What I like about this `as it happened' account of the tournament is that it has an informality which gives us a little bit of `below stairs' information about the man who is our eyes and ears; a little more than… Read more

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