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20 September 2014
Where football is concerned, Edinburgh is a city of two halfs and Robbie's dad is a fanatic. According to his father, Robbie McFarlane will never fulfil his expectations and me makes sure that Robbie knows it. This story isn't about football, it's about the domestic violence and the alcoholism and the man-versus-woman that occurs after the final whistle blows. This isn't just Robbie's story, it's that of his mother, his grandmother and the women of so many other families everywhere who were trained to 'put up and shut up'. What became clear as the chapters wove on was how anger and a feeling of injustice are passed from parent to child, creating a vicious circle of attitude. It's also a rite-of-passage story, which sees Robbie trying to fit in with his peers and become one of the 'gang'. A very thought-provoking book, well written and researched and beautifully told.
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4.7 out of 5 stars