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The Worst of Friends: The Betrayal of Joe Mercer Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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"Shindler is an ardent City fan, and his inside knowledge of the club gives the words he puts into his characters' mouths a ring of truth" (Book of the Week Independent on Sunday)
"A damned good read . . . compelling stuff" (Daily Telegraph)
"Highly readable and passionately told . . . Shindler constructs a diligently composed collage [and] knows his subject inside out" (The Observer)
A fictionalised account of the eventful story of Malcolm Allison and Joe Mercer's brief but glorious partnershipSee all Product description
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I am not a fan of man city but found this a wonderful read about a bygone age of football before the money killed its soul.
The Worst of Friends: The Betrayal of Joe Mercer is a ten times better read. A fantastic book full of facts, humour and sadness.
I bought it along with a few other books to take on holiday. As soon as I got back I was trawling the internet for an insight on Malcolm Allison. Growing up in the 1970's I though Allison was just a flamboyant manager who spent a lot of money - I never realised that he was a superb coach and years ahead of his time. Like Clough with Taylor, Allison needed Mercer to keep his feet on the ground. A truly great read.
Despite its merits, however, this book suffers from being torn between being a novel and being reportage. Shindler does not have Peace’s skill as a story-teller nor his craft as a novelist. As a result this cannot compare to The Damned United. Over-long and inexpert in places.
Full review at: http://stevek1889.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/football-fiction.html
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