Articles of Faith Hardcover – 15 Oct 2008
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His writing is articulate and original.'
'It's cheeky stuff, but beautifully rounded.'
Daily Echo Bournemouth
'Brand's columns on football are an acquired taste - and if you have acquired it, they are wonderful. They are gloriously freewheeling, eccentic, unrestrained; and above all, they are original. You will not hear another voice like Brand's in the sports pages.'
Scotland on Sunday
'Erudite and perceptive on fandom, the media and the beautiful game, it's undeniably original and entertaining sports writing'.
The Big Issue
Four-star review in Q: ‘If you’re a fan of both football and the Dickensian dandy, this is a great and consistently funny read.’
‘I would definitely recommend this as a gift for a man this Christmas'.
'Even if you can read most of the pieces online, there's still something comforting about having them in a form you can read on the toilet.'
Irish Sunday Independent
About the Author
Russell Brand is a comedian, journalist, TV and radio presenter and actor. He has won numerous awards including Time Out's Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, Best TV Performer at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, Most Stylish Man at GQ's Men of the Year Awards. His autobiography, My Booky Wook, was a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller. It also won the Tesco Biography of the Year award at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
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Basically the book is a “collection of columns” that Brand wrote for the Guardian newspaper during the 2007-08 season. There is a smidgeon of added value with some extras that you wouldn’t have originally got with your newspaper, these mainly being the cover “in which I am inadvisedly posing as Christ”, and three interviews with famous football fans – a humorous discussion of the football songs “Three Lions” and “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” with David Baddiel, a rushed interview with James Corden about West Ham, and a chat about Manchester City becoming the richest club in the world with Noel Gallagher.
The “rattishly indulged” articles “focus chiefly on Brand’s reaction to the phenomena of football culture” rather than focusing on the football itself, and are done in the Russell Brand style with plenty of poetic and fruity language, lots of analogies, e.g. “like a knicker thief suddenly made manager of a laundrette”, and many a “wacky, sideways” view, e.g. “I enjoyed his scissor-kick somersault celebration although I’d be the first to condemn him if he did it in a refuge for battered women.”
The presentation is lavish with colour illustrations relating to the text throughout, such as one of “former Blades boss Neil Warnock poised in a circle of stone, stinking of chicken’s blood, spewing white-eyed incantations and clutching a buckled dolly of West Ham player Julien Faubert”, but never actual photos of any of the football or footballers, the only photos being promo shots of Brand, pencil in hand (for example).Read more ›
My better half, at 4.55pm on Christmas Eve (he later admitted this),saw this specimen on the depleted shelves of Tesco (yes Tesco, for my Christmas presents, don't even...) and his simplistic little mind thought "oh, she likes football and she loves Russell...why, surely this book ticks all boxes, and will guarantee me festive brownie points"...and how right he was, although he probably didn't realise to such an extent, not having bothered to even read the blurb....
Anyways, the book....it's a collection of weekly articles from the Guardian about the 2007/08 football season. I don't read the Guardian (I am, after all, northern) therefore wasn't even aware such a column existed. Hence, I chuckled through nearly every one, in their newness to me, all the while thinking back to those events from last year (to which I had more than a passing interest - you kind of do have to like the funny ol' game to get it, so to those who merely 'would', I'd probably swerve it, even though admittedly the gratuitous glossy pictures within are delicious)and admiring the way in which he uses vocab and syntax to terrifying brilliant effect, whilst being absurdly funny and irreverant.
In short - the man's a genius. He has daft hair, loose morals and questionable career choices, but if he wrote a book about paint-drying, I'd read it. Bonus then, that the topic is football, where most of the usual commentary is bland, dry and uninspiring (you reading, Lawro?) - this tome shines out for its cleverness and slant. If you're a West Ham fan, even better, though I'm a Liverpool fan and appreciated the plentiful shout-outs re Benitez and co, as indeed there are for many of the Premiership and below sides.Read more ›
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I grabbed this book on on impulse as I was in a hurry (a mistake, I know). I absolutely adore Russell's sense of humour and have read and watched all of his material. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2009 by C. Galley
My Booky Wook was funny. This isn't.
It's all about football for chrisakes.