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Flick to Kick: An Illustrated History of Subbuteo
on 2 June 2004
I have just obtained my review copy of Daniel Tatarsky's "Flick to Kick - An Illustrated History of Subbuteo".
Though I do not have the entire finished version, I can reveal that it comprises 7 main chapters (average 15 pages in length) under the headings..."The glory of Subbuteo". "Life before Subbuteo" "The father of Subbuteo" "Up for the Cup" "The peak years" "Collecting" and "It's not Football but it is Subbuteo"
The most striking feature of the book for me was the fine picture quality. It contains 100 illustrations altogether, mainly in colour apart from some old archive material, and these are nicely interspersed with the text as each chapter unfolds. How much hard information you derive from it depends on your level of Subbuteo knowledge, but it's certainly written in a lively, often humourous style which holds the reader's attention throughout.
This is clearly a well-researched piece of work at least on a par with "50 years of flicking football" (which I thought was excellent) released back in 1996. The two are actually quite similar in some respects, but due to being more up-to-date and in full colour, "Flick To Kick" could be deemed a successful (and long overdue!) upgrade of its predecessor. I'm sure it will be the new Subbuteo reference book for a good while....at least until book 2 comes along, as briefly alluded to by the author.
I'm looking forward to this already!