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A fresh and well crafted look at the iconic Sir Stan,
This review is from: The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews (Hardcover)
A cracking read, which works as both a history of someone who cast a long shadow in football, and a vivid work of social history What marks this book out is the depth and span of the the research behind it; whereas previous works have been "authorised works" and therefore not without a certain bias, the author has taken pains to look at "The Wizard" in a more balanced way. While Sir Stanley undoubtedly has a deserved reputation, what Henderson's book gives us is insight into Matthews the man, rather than the legend.
The net result of all this is eminently readable, doing justice to Stanley Matthews' achievements while also exploring parts of his background of which even the most ardent fan is likely to be otherwise unaware.For example who hitherto really knew about his narrow squeak with the law while serving in the RAF in WW2, or the role of the Czech secret police in his relationship with Mila ?