- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: Ship of Fools Ltd; First edition (1 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992861802
- ISBN-13: 978-0992861803
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rattles and Rosettes: Two Fans. Two Centuries. One Passion Paperback – 1 Apr 2014
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January 1914. War looms with Germany but that is the least of 16-year-old miner Tom Daws' concerns. Can his beloved team reach the FA Cup Final for the first time? And what will happen to a blossoming romance with a rich girl out of his league, suffragette Emily Bettridge? January 2010. Dan Howard is already at war with modern music and football. Educated to useless degree level, the 23-year-old runs a part-time 60s covers band, fronted by girlfriend Sally. His fearsome Welsh grandmother comes to live chez Howard, with a hidden past and secrets she dare not reveal.
Top Customer Reviews
I originally read the book as a Crystal Palace and football fanatic. I was completely hooked by both stories and could not put the book down until it was finished. I actually think the war time/love/Burnley story is stronger and had me hooked more than the one set in the modern day but I loved both and cared for all the characters. Please do not let supporting a club other than Palace or Burnley put you off buying this outstanding novel. The two clubs are used as a setting and are not the main storyline. Much like many fan's Saturday afternoons!
The second part of this review is written by my girlfriend:
Despite hating football, I was persuaded to read this by James as he knows I enjoy war/love stories. Both tales are well written and have a romantic charm that pulled on my heartstrings but the book offered even more than that. It gave me an understanding and love for my boyfriend's football obsession - and I think Sally's brilliantly written woes gave my partner a view of how I sometimes feel sidelined by his love of his club. A must read for any football fanatic's partner. Especially if you're a sucker for a bit of romance
Is it a “lads’ book”? Well, 23 year-old Dan Howard ekes out a living trying to sell security devices for wheelie-bins, but his heart belongs to the music championed by his 60s cover band, and also to the football club he supports, whose battle to avoid financial ruin and extinction inflames his rage against the loathsome influence of accountants and profiteers on the game he loves. Mr. Goddard writes about these worlds with a keen ear for language and a clear understanding of the stresses and the dreams which drive those who inhabit them.
Is it a book for football enthusiasts? Burnley fans will delight in the evocative recreation of their 1914 triumph: Crystal Palace fans will love to be reminded of how the unquenchable spirit of their supporters kept the club afloat when it seemed to be sinking into oblivion. Steve Goddard’s own enthusiasm should ensure that anyone who enjoys reading about sport will be grateful for the authentic insights into the world of football, past and present.
Is it a war story? In 1914, the historical context of the parallel narrative, Tom Daws' only relief from his grimly perilous life in the coal mining industry is his own passion for football, coupled with the enjoyment he finds in keeping a journal. Writing - journalism perhaps - seems to offer a glimmer of hope for a life outside the pits, until an easier escape presents itself in the opportunity to join the army and teach those troublesome Germans a short sharp lesson. Even before we come to the acknowledgements at the end of Rattles and Rosettes it is very clear that the author has painstakingly researched this era, and has drawn on the first-hand experiences of some who lived through it.
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A great read for fans of either team or historians who love a bit of atmosphere and realism.
The story which might interest Palace fans the most features Dan Howard, a Crystal Palace supporter, who follows the team during the traumatic administration year of 2009/2010. As the Season develops (ending at Hillsborough with a winner stays up showdown), we discover more about Dan; his passion for Palace; his girlfriend sally; his music and - most interestingly of all - his mysterious grandmother.
The parallel story tells of an impoverished working class Lancashire miner Tom Daws - and his team Burnley in their quest for FA Cup glory in 1914 - who ends up fighting in the trenches during World War I. Tom has an unlikely romance with an upper class girl Emily, who is the daughter of the family his mother works for as a maidservant. There is more to Emily than is first apparent. She is a suffragette, who doesn't care much for class barriers or authority.
Steve Goddard has produced a perfectly crafted first novel which really does grip the reader from the first chapter. Reading the book, you care about the characters and need to know how things will turn out. That's one of the reasons why I could not put this down after I had started it.
I have never met Steve, but I got to know him through our mutual support of Crystal Palace. He asked me to review his book, which I admit I agreed to do reluctantly. However, when I eventually got round to reading it, I had to finish it in a day. I couldn't wait to find out how everything worked out.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story well set out, swings seamlessly between the two eras, I look forward to reading more from this authorPublished 23 months ago by J. Wrigley
I'm a Palace fan so I'm bound to say that this is a great book. But almost anyone would enjoy reading this. Read morePublished on 24 April 2015 by Paul
It's along the lines of Fever Pitch. It made me laugh and made me cry too. If you're a Palace fan it's a must-read - and maybe if you're a Burnley fan too.Published on 18 Feb. 2015 by Mac Booker
Brilliant book Steve - as a Palace fan it is a must read but also very enjoyable for any football supporter.Published on 11 Dec. 2014 by CPFC
I would thoroughly recommend this book to everyone but Palace fans especially and a must for this Christmas as it is quite topical in many ways. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2014 by C. B. Miles
There are football biographies by the bucket load, but a football-themed novel that is as utterly compelling as "Rattles and Rosettes" doesn't come along very often. Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2014 by chris roe
This is a book of two stories from 1914 and 20xx that eventually link together - it uses football, music and an interesting 1914 historical setting as a backdrop to what I think... Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2014 by D. Mowll
A really lovely story, with football and Crystal Palace involved, and then the end, wow, it was almost about all our lives.Published on 15 Oct. 2014 by Bob Pritchard