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The Bottom Corner: A Season with the Dreamers of Non-League Football
The Bottom Corner: A Season with the Dreamers of Non-League Football
by Nige Tassell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy To Read, 16 Nov. 2016
Away from the supercars, supermodels, and superstars of the Premier League, down the country lane and across the railway tracks, lies the heart and soul of English football. Tassell does a wonderful job of refocusing our gaze on the grassroots which have been so deprived and neglected, despite the abundance of money at the top. The Bottom Corner is not only an engrossing journey into the lives of people who we may only encounter on a game of Football Manager, but it also a subtle critique of just how individualist and greedy our society has become.

Tassell's style of writing is so easy on the eye that I became lost in the book almost immediately. His short, sharp sentences say no more than they need to, but paint a picture which is so real you can almost smell the freshly cut grass of the pitch. I could have picked many examples, but one particular sentence sticks in my mind. When describing the weather at one of the games he attended, Tassell does not say "it was cold", instead his poetic descriptive work provides us with: "tonight the light jacket of summer has been swapped for something a little more insulating and the consumption of hot, sweet tea is mandatory." You immediately feel as if you are on the terraces beside him.

Football books are always going to be in danger of being overly statistical and dull, but despite the inevitable fixture inclusions, goals to appearances ratios, and stadium capacities, The Bottom Corner remains throughout a touching and superbly written story of the passionate people at the bottom of the footballing pyramid.

A joy to read

Under the Wire: Marie Colvin's Final Assignment
Under the Wire: Marie Colvin's Final Assignment
by Paul Conroy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £2.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 July 2016
As heartbreaking as it is gripping.
Shameful that the world has allowed the slaughter to continue for so long.

Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World
Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World
by Matthew Bishop
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Shameless Neoliberal Propaganda, 31 July 2016
Shameless pro-capital propaganda.
Alarm bells should ring when a book is titled "Philanthrocapitalism: How the rich can save the world".
I guess even the publishers thought that was too distasteful as they have changed the name.
The final chapter is particularly nauseating. Like a scene from the film Elysium it has the ultra wealthy looking down at Earth from space, patting themselves on the back, telling one another what a good job they have done of saving it.
One of the most biased and fundamentally flawed books I have ever read. Think of some of the worst companies in the world, and I can almost guarantee that they are mentioned within the pages of this book and widely praised.

The Notebook
The Notebook
by Jose Saramago
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insight Into The Workings of the Mind of a Genius, 29 Oct. 2014
This review is from: The Notebook (Paperback)
I am so incredibly pleased that not only were Jose Saramago's words translated into English, but also that I came across them.
So often in the English speaking world we seem to miss, or deliberately avoid, thinkers, writers and intellectuals from other cultures and backgrounds. Saramago is one who cannot be ignored.

Written in a diary format Saramago lends his expert opinion on a wide range of topics, and every single one of them is insightful, thought-provoking and worthy of our time. If you were ever in need of a humanist, passionate and moral stance on any political or international issue then Saramago is the go-to-man.

With such elegance and clarity he composes arguments and constructs his opinion in such a way that you are not only taken in by it, but it becomes a part of you. Though his aim is not to persuade, his words are so poetic, and his opinions so coherent that it is almost impossible to disagree with him.

From the varied nature of the entries it is clear that Saramago is a widely-read and incredibly knowledgeable person. His writing not only enlightens the reader, but also introduces ideas, concepts and people that we would not have otherwise known of.

From reading this, along with a novel written by Saramago on Jesus Christ, I was left completely in awe of the man. He is someone to be both admired and inspired by. Such was the impact that his writings had on me, his name immediately joined a list of other greats that I have in my mind.

As a social commentator he should be highly respected, and as a novelist his work deserves the utmost praise. A true literary genius, and a wonderful man to boot.

Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay And The Secret Prisons
Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay And The Secret Prisons
by Clive Stafford Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Ignore, Impossible To Forget, 29 Oct. 2014
A truly brilliant and frightening publication.

In equal parts I was racked by sorrow, anger and guilt. Through a very easy writing style Clive Stafford Smith opens the doors on a world the military and government are intent on keeping locked shut. It is insightful and thought provoking, and was one of the best books I had read that year.

It is written in a matter of fact manner, there is no glitz and glamour, and no thrills, it is simple, honest and painful. It is impossible to read this and not feel something within you. Smith brings to our attention the various ludicrous actions and policies which have been implemented, allowing the reader to make up their own minds on the existence of the camp and its inmates. Inevitably, only one possible conclusion can be reached, utter condemnation.

Smith expertly portrays the stories of inmates he has worked with and re-brands these "terrorists", putting them in their rightful category as "human". He does not lead, he does not embellish, and he does not manipulate. Through the simple act of presenting factual accounts we are shown the true nature of one of the most disgusting situations in the Western world.

Guantanamo is a stain on our democratic beliefs and ideals, and Smith shines the light on to it for all to see. Hard to ignore, impossible to forget.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT A GENUINE DELL CHARGER, 29 May 2013
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