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on 19 November 2009
Flawed Genius is a fanatastic read and a startling reminder of how not that long ago Scotland and Scottish football could produce and attract footballers capable of making front and back page news.
There's a real ecletic mix of characters featured - from Gazza and Paolo Di Canio to the relatively unkown Willie Hamilton (to name but a few) - but they are all connected by an outrageous talent with a football.
However as the book title suggests this is not all that binds the featured players. Because, whether it be an additicion to alchohol or a massive ego, each one has a serious flaw in their make-up which means that ultimately their genius does not reap the rewards it should - far from it.
There's a real honesty about the stories told and many - while enthralling - are also tinged with sadness. Despite their well documented flaws and often sickening and inexcusable off the field behaviour the football fan in you can't help but feel that today's game is a much poorer place without such maverick talents.
Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of the players featured the fact is that Flawed Genius is a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful book which avoids cliche and caricature. Every Scottish football fan should make sure they have a copy on their shelf.
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on 18 November 2009
Flawed Genius is a fascinating 'must read' for all Scottish football fans.Had expected something sensationalist from the title, but I read extracts in a newspaper and liked what I saw. From Best to Gascoigne to Goram to DiCanio, these players may have courted controversy but their skill, tenacity & achievements on the field have ensured that they will always retain their place in the hearts of Scottish fans - especially when the current playerstock is so low. A really entertaining read - better than the mind-numbing player biographies you get!
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on 13 December 2009
Really enjoyed this book!
living away from scotland it really reminded me of the characters that i miss from scottish football...the legends and those still alive.
Loved the anecdotes at start of each chapter, the whole book is insightful and funny, really catching the essence of those flawed genius footballers but also i thought that the interviews with the current stars added real depth to the detail.Totally recommended for all fans of the scottish game.
Its an easy and enjoyable read

Flawed Genius: Scottish Football's Self Destructive Mavericks
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on 3 September 2013
Very well written with lots of funny anecdotes, loved it ! The likes of Charnley, McAvennie, Goram, Di Canio and Best sure left their mark on our national sport !!!
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