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A Fan For All Seasons Paperback – 5 Oct 2000
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* Award-winning comedy scriptwriter's journal of two years following the fortunes of English football champions Arsenal.
1997 marked the arrival of a new Arsenal manager in Frenchman, Arsene Wenger. In mid-December 1997, a 3-1 home defeat by Blackburn Rovers gave no indication of what lay ahead for the club. Even in early March 1998, with fewer than eight weeks of the season to go, the club trailed pacesetters Manchester United by 11 points. Then an unstoppable run carried them to the prestigious Double of Premiership and FA Cup - achieved by only four clubs (including Arsenal) this century. Long-time fan and TV scriptwriter Laurence Marks kept a diary of the amazing season, following the club's fortunes. From Wimbledon to Kiev, Liverpool to Athens, this is a journal of two years in football and showbusiness, by an insider of both.See all Product description
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I think a lot of the reviews for this book are fairly close to the mark. The reason I rate this book higher than they do is simply that this book has been targeted to the wrong audience or perhaps this is just a bad idea, an award winning comedy scriptwriter for tv writing a book about his passion for Arsenal football club.
The problem is there isn't enough football grunt for the fans, by which I mean the football is covered as and when in diary fashion, and rather than be entirely about football as you would expect from the front cover and title, which makes no reference to the other side of the book- we get a lot of chat about his current working projects for tv such as Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart et al. And his lovely big house in the country and in the big smoke.
The problem with this is the book looks like a 'Fever Pitch' type book. It is miss selling, clear and simple. I personally brought the book hoping that there would be the odd mention of his shows as that's where my interest lay. I was lucky as there is plenty about his work in tv. But not enough football for those who love their football. I love mine too but I brought it to hear about his tv shows.
Also I get the impression that Marks isn't really a proper football fan. In that he is happy to check what was Ceefax to get scores rather than bite his nails watching them except for the times of his luxury 'box' at the Arsenal.
This isn't a good book let alone a good book about football. There are some great books about football, the aforementioned Fever Pitch for one well worth you money. This one isn't.
A Fan for All Seasons is possibly the worst, most self-indulgent, pretentious, nauseating book ever written. If you want a half-decent Arsenal-related book read Fever Pitch or Addicted.