Excellent read. This little peice makes me laugh although it helps if you can remember seeing some of the characters play. “ For a long while I thought my father was the only man in the north east who couldn’t kick a football properly . Then Newcastle signed Alan Gowling “.
The Far Corner is one of the best football books ever written .
I think I've got it in my pile to take on holly day. It's got to be better than We Are Sunday League, which rambled away to the extent that I binned it half way through.
I have now downloaded Wolf Hall and Bring up the bodies onto kindle, so if anyone wants the hardback books of these you are welcome to them for free ( or postage if you want them posted). Wolf Hall is damaged on the spine but Bringup the Bodies is as new. Just pm me if interested.
Reading ‘Beartown - Us against them’. Wasn’t expecting much as was a section through my book club at work and the choices aren’t usually my cup of tea. But for a fiction I’ve really enjoyed this - it centeres around a small town ice hockey team in North America and the events around it and how they impact the commmunity. Very enjoyable for a lightish read.
I forgot I'm also reading Wilko Johnson's autobiography, " don't You Leave Me Here".
The first half is really just for fans and anyone into music (esp Dr Feelgood, Ian Dury & the like) - I enjoyed it but it wouldn't have a wider audience. However, he then writes about his wife's death which blew me away - simply and honestly written and I found it incredibly moving. He was suddenly a man utterly lost in the universe. That part alone is worth recommending the book to non-musos.
I haven't yet got to his own illness, anticipated death and extraordinary recovery.
Wilko is an absolute legend, fortunate to be able to say I know him and Norman Watt-Roy quite well & they’re just two great blokes, ended up a couple of years ago taking Wilko to Hereford hospital when he played locally and had forgotten all of his diabetic medicine, the next day I took him shopping for a new black shirt in Malvern, was a back stage guest of his at the Royal Albert Hall too, to say he’s my hero would be a huge understatement and I probably see him 8 to 10 times a year on tour
Post by thesensationaljt on Dec 17, 2018 0:41:57 GMT 1
I couldn't wait to read the highly acclaimed "Penguins Stopped Play" book. It was getting rave reviews, so I took it on a holly day to the Mall Deeves. It was ordinary at best. The late Harry Thompson seemed to spend most of his time slagging off Ian Bell for some reason. I soldered through it, but couldn't say it was anything special.
On the other hand, if you're a rugby union fan, Adam Jones autobiography, "Bomb", I found an excellent read. A real warts and all life story.
Also, earlier on another thread we were discussing mental illness, which can affect any of us or our nearest and dearest. So, "I Am The Secret Footballer", may be of interest to you. It just proves it doesn't matter how much money you have, or how famous you are, or what you have achieved in life, this illness can come to bear, but with loving support it can be overcome.