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This Damnation
This Damnation
by Mark Worrall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never take your eyes off your opponent!, 1 Dec. 2015
This review is from: This Damnation (Paperback)
“This Damnation” is a highly accomplished novel and Mark Worrall is clearly honing his craft. He gives us an insight in to the underbelly of London’s working class, revealing the often disturbing psyche of angry, resentful, dispossessed and disenfranchised men who inhabit a dark world of drink; drugs; sex and violence.

This toxic mix is painted on to a tableau of the terraces of Stamford Bridge; sleazy Soho and bestial Battersea with criminality and violence always lurking under the surface. The dark side of London - the belly of the beast. But beyond this, it is also a tale of friendship, loyalty and male bonding.

What impresses me most is the great characterisation, the visceral quality of Mark’s writing and the gritty realism he brings to the story. There is a fantastic cinematic quality to this book. Even more reason for it to be made in to a film. But before that, go out and buy it and give it a read. You won’t regret it – it’s only ten pounds!!

Celery! Representing Chelsea in the 1980s
Celery! Representing Chelsea in the 1980s

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kelvin was there when we were S*** and this proves it¬, 3 May 2013
If you ever wanted know, and in fact get as close to experiencing what it was like to be "there, when we were s***", then "Celery, representing Chelsea in the `80's" is the book. Kelvin, has an unbelievable and unforgiving memory, and he translates as only a true supporter who was there can, both the joy and pain of supporting a great club suffering from a bout of serious depression. Ironically the `80's are now seen by many older Chelsea supporters (me included!) as a misty eyed time. In no small part down to the fact that we were all young then, it also has a lot to do with the fact that our only expectations were to occasionally see some decent football, a good young talented player emerge and put one over the likes of Liverpool or Man U. It was also a time when football was less sanitised and corporate, when legions of foreign fans and winning titles were a mere pipe dream. Also, a time when you lived in fear at the football either due to being treated like animals by the stewards and Police, or being attacked by the local firm. But through it all, it was a time when Chelsea's support had arguably its finest hour. Safety in numbers, a tasty reputation, and many thousands taking the Chelsea specials away to far flung football outposts such as Shrewsbury, Grimsby and Rotherham all to support an often losing cause. But if the team were s*** the fans were determined to be the best, and made it count on the terraces both vocally and physically. Oh, and don't forget the dodgy haircuts and fashions!! This book is like one long `Tale from the Shed'. Kelvin I salute you! Oh and I think Wembley Blakey's (Manchester) problem might be that he was on the receiving end of a few of the "small crowds at the pre roman bridge when the only thing emptier than the shed was the trophy room". Sounds like he deserved it! Up The Chels!!!

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