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No Hunger In Paradise: The Players. The Journey. The Dream Hardcover – 20 Apr 2017

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Century (20 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780896301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780896304
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Another landmark work from Mike Calvin, who has taken us beyond the surface of football to show its true workings. Ground-breaking reportage with a heart and a conscience. A service to the game." (Paul Hayward Telegraph)

"Extraordinary writing, a vital subject, a brilliant read" (Jonathan Northcroft Sunday Times)

"If you’re in any way interested in what lies beneath the water of the Premier League Iceberg, read Mike Calvin’s latest book No Hunger in Paradise" (Owen Gibson Guardian)

"A fascinating insight which gets to the heart of the matter – and problems – chasing every kid’s dream. A compelling read for anyone who likes football and the stories surrounding the stars of tomorrow. I couldn't put it down." (John Cross Daily Mirror)

"Another exceptional piece of work" (Jason Burt Telegraph)

"Highly recommended reading. An excellent and important book . . . No Hunger in Paradise explores the world of youth football and, if the stories within do one thing, they press the claim for serious discussion about how the English game treats the thousands of children who come into contact with the sharper end of youth football – and their families who often get reeled in to a cut-throat environment without really understanding what is going on" (Amy Lawrence)

"Eye-opening and compelling" (Iain Macintosh)

"Terrifying" (Richard Williams Guardian)

"No Hunger in Paradise is somehow both heart-breaking and uplifting. Just brilliant!" (Waterstones Sport)

"No Hunger in Paradise is humbling, educational, worrying and a great read. Can't recommend it highly enough. One of the best sports books I've ever read." (Barry Glendenning Guardian)

"Started reading this and it's brilliant. Seriously recommended. Yet another important football book from Michael Calvin. In-depth well-researched accounts of the journey from kids football to the professional game..or rejection" (Adrian Durham TalkSPORT)

"If you've any interest in the future of football in this country and the young players who will provide it, No Hunger in Paradiseis a must-read." (Liverpool Echo)

"Bleak but brilliant. Contains stories that need to be heard." (i-Paper)

"A brilliant & very important book. Vital, highly recommended. Tempted to say it's Michael Calvin’s best yet, which is some praise." (Oliver Kay The Times)

"The best sports book I'm likely to read this year. Highly recommend you buy it." (Simon Hughes Independent)

"A brilliant insight into the journey young kids now make from kicking a ball around in their back garden, through the glossy facilities of academy football." (David Preece Sunderland Echo)

"His research is, as ever, impeccable… No Hunger in Paradise is a fascinating and fitting finale to a trio of books any football lover should own." (Sunday Sport)

"Heartbreaking . . . an excellent piece of reportage" (i-Paper)

"The award-winning writer’s new forensic, and sometimes alarming, case study into why some young prospects make the cut – and others fall away – is fascinating…
The FA would do well to read this if they want success" (FourFourTwo)

"Brilliantly sourced and written… As a portrait of the state of the modern game, No Hunger In Paradise is vital reading. With Calvin’s previous studies, it serves as a record of what football is like today and should place him alongside Arthur Hopcraft, John Moynihan and Hunter Davies in providing the sport with its defining literature" (When Saturday Comes)

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Award-winning author of The Nowhere Men and Living on the Volcano, Michael Calvin is back with his new book that tells the inside story of becoming a professional footballer.

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