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This book ruined my weekend...
on 7 January 2013
Don't be fooled by the title - this book has very little to do with Manchester City.
Colin Shindler doesn't go to City matches any more, but still feels the need to try and revive his failing career as an author by one more attempt to hitch a ride on the back of their recent success.
What the book IS about is Shindler's rather dull middle age in which his career and marriage flounder...and in which he is left trying to pretend that he is important by constant references to his more successful friends.
If you enjoy overwrought hospital drama, you will appreciate the extensive coverage given to the treatment of Shindler's wife in her final months...but this episode raises more questions about their relationship than it answers.If their bond was as special as Shindler implies why had he so tamely allowed her to leave him and return to America?
The book actually reads like an extended Christmas round-robin newsletter in which we are updated at regular intervals about the progress of Shindler's "successful" children who are so independent of spirit that they dutifully troop off to the same dull Cambridge college that their father and uncle attended.
Any sympathy that the reader is meant to feel towards Shindler's rather sad later life has long since evaporated under the weight of his self-absorption and fawning relationship with Rosenthal / Howard Davies et al.
"Richer than God" by David Conn is an interesting take on City's recent change in fortune and the realities of modern football. "Manchester City ruined my life" is a fraudulent attempt to cash in on the same subject, but written by the type of self-obsessed media luvvie / hanger-on that Manchester City do not need as as a "fan" in the years ahead.
A message to Colin Shindler: please stop using MCFC as an excuse to write such melodramatic rubbish. If your own life and circumstances are so interesting then publish as such without "conning" football fans who will be misled by the title.