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The Forgotten Fifteen: How Bury Triumphed in British Football's Worst Year
The Forgotten Fifteen: How Bury Triumphed in British Football's Worst Year
by James Bentley
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut, 19 Nov. 2015
I bought and received this book directly from the author

Being a supporter of a “lower league” club like Bury is a labour of love and dedication. We don’t choose clubs by watching Champions League highlights or trying to identify which is the most successful club or who has spent the most obscene amount on world class show ponies.

We generally go with the hometown club and, try as hard as you might, it is difficult to get the dedication out of your blood despite the fact that there will be more downs than ups, more losses than victories and generally more rubbish on view than high quality football.

This experience breeds a kind of morbid, downbeat, humorous approach to football in general which pervades James Bentley’s first outing as an author. “The Forgotten Fifteen” is the story of “battling Bury’s” 1984/5 season when they won promotion using only fifteen players.

The book is set against the backdrop of the eighties and references political and social changes as well as a soundtrack to the generation of football fans that were demonised by Thatcher, revelling in casual hooliganism and involved in some of the more tragic footballing disaster.

James skilfully weaves this story together, as befitting a former television journalist, into a documentary with images and a soundtrack to boot. Indeed, the supporting web pages fills in more details of the research process as well as links to the tracks mentioned. If he is pitching for a documentary slot – he’s done a first class job.

This linear documentary approach is underlined with the way in which the players tell their own stories. This is a difficult technique in a book like this but James carries this off naturally with his relaxed style

Ultimately it is the Bury fans that will feast on this book but I would recommend this book to any football fan as the stories of heartache and glory, the backroom tales and the boardroom intrigues and incompetencies are universal.

The team of 1984/5 was remembered for its style and flair and ability to rouse emotions in the fans that season. This book is commended for doing the same. A great debut and hopefully the first of many for James Bentley.

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Hashi: A Japanese Cookery Course
Hashi: A Japanese Cookery Course
by Reiko Hashimoto
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented, 8 Sept. 2013
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Japanese cuisine can seem like an unattainable skill with its attention to detail, harmonious assembly and precise, high quality ingredients. In fact, this book shows you clearly that this is not an unattainable skill but simply adjusting to a different way of cooking.

Hashi is a clearly laid out, sumptuously illustrated and ultimately satisfying book which will equip you to add that "wow" factor to any dinner party or to impress a special person.

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