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The Chairman's Daughter by [Plenderleith, Ian]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Plenderleith; 1 edition (7 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K25IWA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #585,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Chairman’s Daughter is a fairly straightforward read: no fancy writing, no sparkling imagery, no clever plot twists and no characters of great depth or richness. This is perhaps deliberate, and, if so, may well succeed in appealing to an unsophisticated male readership who like football but don’t want to read poncey stuff – someone who doesn’t tire of all the use of f*** and c***.
Full review at: http://stevek1889.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/football-fiction.html
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This is a decent stab at a novel about football. The difficulty is that any football fiction inevitably gets trapped to some extent by the cliches that surround the game, although this one tries manfully to be intelligent and succeeds at least in part. The problem is that football just is a series of cliches and two of the many possible cliched characters feature strongly here as the controlling chairman and washed up, oversexed, heavy drinking pro are the main movers in this yarn. The saving grace for me is that the football is set at non-league level and I liked the lead character for his rejection of the 'big-time' . It's no 'Damned United' but this book compares well enough with Barry Hines; 'The Blinder' and teenage readers might enjoy it more, although some parents might baulk at the realism of the language.
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Plenderlieth does a great job of focusing on life off the pitch rather than action on it, and the central theme of unfulfilled potential and a career on the wane is both agonising and humorous. His characters, although stereotyped and a tad cliched, (but that's football for you though) are none the less engaging enough and the plot moves on at a tidy pace. The profane language is probably an accurate portrayal of how (British) footballers talk, and adds a gritty realism, the downside though is a book that my football mad 12 year old son would have loved, becomes completely unsuitable. Shame. Score draw seems a fair result.
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A very good idea for a story. The message-boards part of the plot is particularly inventive and well-observed. It's accessible to non-Sheffield readers too! Although it may not possess the flamboyance of language you can obtain from a great prose writer, the story is crucially good and well told.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9807c174) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x9895454c) out of 5 stars Hilarious, but thought provoking too 16 July 2012
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Novels where reality and obvious fiction combine often annoy me - a consequence, I think, of those political thrillers in the 1980s, where the likes of Thatcher and Kinnock became so intimately involved with what was clearly make believe that I stopped reading the genre altogether. The Chairman's Daughter crosses the same line; our hero Carl seems to have played for half the teams in the top two divisions, yet you will search in vain for his statistics in any edition of Rothmans. The difference is... it doesn't matter. In fact, it adds to the appeal of the story as author Plenderleith apparently works out some of his own hostilities towards certain clubs and their fans - and you can't do that if they're all called Everthistle Rovers.

You can paint some remarkably realistic portraits in anonymity, however, and every reader should have fun picking out the attributes that make up the sundry managers, owners, agents and fans who march through the saga, and there's a lot of hubris being heaped around as well. The consequences of Carl's foolish attempts to engage a Sheffield United fan forum are so achingly awful that you almost wish there was a second volume devoted purely to them, and it's only when you visit a real forum that you realize it's not that funny after all. It's reality. As, you swiftly begin to realize, is this entire book. The names, teams and consequences have all been changed, but we can probably all think of at least one journeyman player who is now sitting, staring, at "The Chairman's Daughter" and wondering how his autobiography got written without him noticing.

Grab the free preview of the first chapter and a bit if you're still not convinced, but my order for the full book was sent before I'd even finished page seven. At a time when footballer's biographies have become so interchangeable that you actually stop caring what any of them have to say, "The Chairman's Daughter" will restore at least a modicum of faith.

Oh, and I won't swear to it, but I think I've just read my first football book in ages that doesn't include the words "banter" or "bespoke." I guess that's how we know it is really fiction.
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HASH(0x983aa2b8) out of 5 stars Splendid 14 Sept. 2012
By N. Duin - Published on Amazon.com
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Dave Thompson did a fantastic and accurate job of reviewing this book, so I will keep it brief. I am the target audience for this novel. Non-league club supporter/shareholder? Check. Nodded with recognition when Grantham Town (a league rival!) was mentioned? Check. My point, and I do have one, is that while familiarity with non-league English football contributed to my enjoyment of this book it was not the primary reason I enjoyed it. The primary reason: This book is hilarious. Well and truly. The interaction between Carl Meacock and his parents is worth the price of admission. The writer has a keen ear for dialogue and even (especially?) the more absurd situations seemed wholly realistic. The Chairman's Daughter is funny, intriguing, and entertaining and I highly recommend it.
HASH(0x983d263c) out of 5 stars What soccer is about 30 July 2013
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I often try to write fiction that involves soccer, so I know how hard it can be to convey both the light and the dark aspects of the game in a way that is interesting to the casual reader. In my opinion, Plenderleith does an extremely good job, and I recommend this short novel to both lovers and haters of the sport, and to those indifferent to it. Plenderleith himself is hard to categorise: he seems addicted to the game but to hate, or at least despise, most of those who play a central role in it. The imaginary club he focuses on, Lincoln Dynamo, is the fourth team in a small city in the English provinces, and this choice allows him to concentrate on the nitty-gritty of grassroots soccer. His main character ends up there on a downward trajectory toward the end of his career, but finds a measure of happiness and a measure of success. There are no cardboard characters here, and even those who seem to be stereotypes to begin with acquire a modicum of depth. Plenderleith is frank about the prevalence of bad behaviour in the game, and even touches on the issue of corruption, albeit of the old-fashioned kind: Lincoln Dynamo's season is decided by a "suspicious" own goal. However, he neatly sidesteps the contemporary curse, namely the buying of results not for glory but for money through betting, by having his main character claim to be so injury-prone that that none of the clandestine betting syndicates destroying soccer would try to bribe him (because they could never be sure he'd be fit to play in the match they wanted to influence). The way in which Lincoln Dynamo's results see-saw between cricket-score victories and abject defeats does not seem credible to me, but Plenderleith makes explaining that phenomenon an integral part of the story. Plenderleith ends the story in a way that makes a sequel possible. I hope there will be one. Alternatively, several of the minor characters are interesting enough to merit a novel in their own right.
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