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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - LOVEJOY FANS DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!, 26 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Manchester City Ruined My Life (Hardcover)
As a disciple of the `Lovejoy' TV series I bought this autobiography of Colin Shindler in anticipation hoping to get an insight from the man whose achievement was to be the producer of one of the most profound television shows of all time. The timing of the book surprised me because the show hasn't been on British screens for nearly twenty years. I had no idea that there would be so much interest in the life and loves and opinions of someone who was only at best peripherally involved in the British TV of the 80s and 90s. Imagine my disgust when I found that there is absolutely NOTHING AT ALL ABOUT LOVEJOY IN THIS BOOK!!! Nothing to enlighten fans about the background to the show: Ian McShane's ferocious personality, the real-life inspiration for such legendary characters as Tinker and Eric, and, of course, what it was like to work with the lovely Joanna Lumley!

Instead, Shindler's narrative is diverted into discussing a football team from Manchester, that he internet-supports from his big house overseas. I've no idea why he is qualified to comment on this!! As a compensation for Lovejoy fans, the obsessive distaste he has for the club's Arab owners provides the reader with a measure of Shindler's talent for characterising fictional `bad-guys' and his skill for creating melo-dramatic pathos. As a tribute to his persuasive writing style, despite my lack of interest in football, by the end of the book I was captivated and agreed totally with Shindler's view that as a mark of respect for his majestic boyhood Manchester City should have ceased all commercial operations after Joe Mercer left in 1971, and turned themselves into a living tribute to the 1960s team by voluntarily relegating themselves to Bridgewater Office Supplies Manchester Football League (BOSMFL), selecting players only named (or prepared to change their name to) Bell, Summerbee and Lee, and allowing only the blood-descendents of Stan Gibson to be responsible for the maintenance of the playing surface.

One final curiosity - there seems to be a massive coincidence with the timing of the book's publication. According to my son, the autobiography was released only a week after Manchester City finally won a major title! What luck! I hope there is some consolation for Mr Shindler that, despite letting me and the rest of the members of the Lovejoy fan-forums down, he may have inadvertently made himself a few quid from extra sales to football fans through pure chance - just like Lovejoy! Talk about life imitating art!
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2012 17:48:30 BDT
jamierennie says:
Brilliant! Wonder if the fact our new owners are Arabs has influenced Mr Schindler's disgust at City's fantastic good luck in being chosen by Sheik Mansour.
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