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4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky He Can Write So Well,
This review is from: Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular: A Riotous Footballing Memoir about the Loneliest Position on the Field (Paperback)I've read a few of Mr Joyce's books so I sort of knew what to expect even though this is his first (as far as I know) foray into biography.
It's funny, laugh out loud at times.
and like all Joyce books it's a page turner. An overused phrase, especially by amateur critics like myself, but still true. I wanted to read more, there was more to read so I turned the page and read more.
Great fun and the fact that he is still playing international football for the England Writers' Team at what must be at least the veteran stage of his career gives us all hope that we can achieve our dreams. Like a well placed penalty: It hits the spot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great football writing made to look simple,
This review is from: Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular: A Riotous Footballing Memoir about the Loneliest Position on the Field (Paperback)There is, I was surprised to learn, an England Writers football team. I was even more surprised to learn that they have even completed in a World Cup, playing teams of writers from various countries. Whilst it would have been nice if playing in this England team were Owen (Wilfred) in attack, Gascoigne (Bamber) in midfield, Terry (Pratchett) in defence and Banks (Iain) in goal, sadly this isn't the case; in fact the goalkeeper, Graham Joyce is the author of this excellent little book.
Although Joyce is a very successful writer it is clear from this book that, given the chance, he would rather have been a goalkeeper. He's an expert on the craft of goalkeeping - narrowing the angles, saving penalties, organising the defence, dealing with crosses etc - unfortunately he wasn't quite so good putting this into action. In truth he was a hopeless goalie, so it was to be a writer's life for him instead.
A few years after putting away his gloves when given the chance came to play for the England Writers team he couldn't say no, even though he had turned fifty and his body had long since seen better days.
In this book he writes very amusingly about his new career as England goalie and the team's matches in the Writers World Cup, a competition in which England were severely at a disadvantage; partly because in the line-ups of the other teams were proper footballers, but mostly because the English team was just plain awful.
What impressed me more though, was his writing about the art of goalkeeping. Whilst he is only an enthusiastic amateur he still knows his stuff, and I learned more about goalkeeping from this book than I have from any book written by a `proper' goalkeeper.
Well worth seeking out and reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Choice,
This review is from: Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular: A Riotous Footballing Memoir about the Loneliest Position on the Field (Paperback)This book was given as a present for my grandson and greatly enjoyed, I chose it because of the reviews given.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read,
It is currently doing the rounds of my football team.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple read but spectacular,
4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected and hilarious treat.,
However, that's only the core material. Joyce uses any excuse to dive off into personal anecdote, rants about footballing authorities and meditations on the craft of goal-keeping. All of which is thoroughly entertaining, surprisingly informative and damned funny. It's a short book with a laugh on every page, and I defy anyone to not enjoy it.
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Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular: A Riotous Footballing Memoir about the Loneliest Position on the Field by Graham Joyce (Paperback - 6 Aug 2009)