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Something of a let down...
on 27 July 2012
I bought this book on the strength of previous reviews, hoping, as a Liverpool fan, to reminisce over past glories, given recent trials and tribulations at the club. How disappointed I was to be.
The first thing that becomes apparent after just a few pages reading is the number of grammatical errors. I'm not sure whether the book has been poorly written, poorly edited or poorly translated to Kindle. Nouns pluralised with apostrophes, spelling errors, and the use of commas for all punctuation. In a lot of cases the book has the feel of having been written by a primary school child: "I did this, then I did this, then I did this...". Perhaps acceptable for a free Kindle book, certainly not from a full price purchase.
One thing to be aware of is that large parts of the book do not deal at all with football, rather the author's own life and travels. Keith Salmon seems like a decent enough fellow, but his (non-footballing) voyages abroad do not make for interesting reading. In respect of football, I found it quite strange that only a few games are actually covered in any depth. The matches that you would expect are there - Istanbul, Heysel and Hillsborough, along with a handful of others. You can't help but feel that it might have been wiser to include more games, rather than the padding that the sections relating to Salmon's personal life basically amount to.
It's not all bad - the chapter relating to Hillsborough is, although poorly written, certainly engaging, as the author witnesses the disaster unfold before him. He is candid in describing the effect that afternoon had on him, and (rightfully) rages against the lies and injustice suffered by the ninety-six. In the end however, there are superior, better written options on the market, most notably (in my opinion) Brian Reade's "44 Years with the Same Bird", available for around the same price.