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Six Stickers: A Journey to Complete an Old Sticker Album Hardcover – 14 Oct 2013
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"Great fun, highly recommended!" --Hawksbee & Jacobs, talkSPORT
"A romantic ode to the beautiful game of yesteryear." --The Telegraph
"Absurd, yes, but strangely uplifting." **** --FourFourTwo
"The closest any book has come to a cross between Lee Evans and Kurt Vonnegut" --Iain Macintosh, author of Football Manager Stole My Life
"An absurdly brilliant idea" --Oliver Kay, The Times
"An amusing and diverting journey into nostalgia" --SPORT Magazine
About the Author
Former national newspaper sports reporter Adam Carroll-Smith has been covering a range of sports across the country for three years. His first book, Chasing Sachin, saw him following his boyhood hero Sachin Tendulkar around the country. A writer with a witty, offbeat style, Six Stickers is his second book.
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I also appreciated the author's (and some of the ex pro's) views on how football has changed since the early 90's and the disillusionment with the big money / must finish fourth state the game today. This really struck a chord with me.
If I could give 3.5 stars I would but the book fell down in a few key areas for me. The writing style was very light and jokey, which is fine to a point but I felt it was a bit repetetive and sometimes detracted from the enjoyment.
The biggest frustration for me was that at each point when one of the footballers were met there was a very bridged summary on the event and what the footballer said. I really feel more space should have been given to the interview, their views and their lives since playing. It would have been unique to see the lives of these random (in some cases obscure) footballers and what they had to say. For me this was criminal.
The added aspect of relationships & friendships was fine if often it came across as a little superficial and a plot vehicle. I really feel that the book was unsure whether to be a decent piece on football or Dave Gorman-esque adventure and ended up falling between the two.
However despite all this for any fan who yearns to see football as it used to be or for any ex sticker collector then this is a must read.
Rest well you beautiful man. ' The best wordsmith in town'.
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