From Guernica to Guardiola is thoroughly enjoyable from the first page to the last. It’s excellently written and immediately obvious that a great deal of research has been undertaken in the process of putting the book together. Would highly recommend.
Given the amount of Spanish players currently lighting up the Premier League, it's easy to forgot that this Spanish presence in English football is a predominantly recent phenomenon. In my opinion, the finest aspect of this book is not analysis of David Silva, De Gea, et al's influence on our national game in the 21st century- although it is immensely insightful, with some really revealing interciews- but rather the story of Spaniards plying their trade in the 20th century, before it was fashionable. It was really endearing to learn more about the Basque Children, evacuated to England, who blazed the trail.
The content, footballing and historical, has visibly taken plenty of researching in England and in Spain. Chronologically, the book isn't always linear but then again, nor was the path of Spanish footballers in England.
In an age where La Liga is increasingly accessible to the English audience, this book comprehensively chronicles the Spanish influence on England's national game.