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    I've not read this to review it as it's out today on ebook but it looks right up OTF's street :

    WCLDN

    London, England; the long hot World Cup summer of 2018. Endless sun, fractious politics, Boxpark beer showers, and a growing belief that football might just be coming home.

    From Lewisham’s local pubs to the Colombian cafes of Elephant & Castle, and Belgian bars of Covent Garden; W C L D N is a look at how one of the world’s most global cities consumes one of the most global sports events.

    ​​​​​​​At least it would be, had its author not been lost in the fog of depression. Instead it is an observation on London and its football fans written through a clouded lens.

    ​​​​​​​How do you connect with one of the most unifying, most communal events of the sport you love, when you are at your loneliest? Is the football merely a diversion from the everyday; a means of escape from the heavier pressures that continue to weigh down on you? Or can it offer a way to reconnect with yourself and your surroundings?

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      Just ordered the Jonathan Wilson book on Hungarian football and pre-ordered Steven Scraggs's history of the European Cup Winner's Cup.

      Both 'right up my street' topics.

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        I would recommend "Puskas On Puskas" for some gorgeous material on Hungary. Only Ł3.95 to buy on Kindle

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          New David Goldblatt book due soon, too. Along with Wilson I find his work really engaging.

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            Hello everyone,

            I have recently written a book about my team Huddersfield Town which charts what happened next for each and every player that has ever played a game for the club. Where Are They Now is a comprehensive guide to what happened next for all the favourites over the years and also the least favourite ones!!

            I know that this is probably a niche thing but I know that there’s a lot of football fans out there that collect football books and their collections are not necessarily limited to the team that they support.

            I thought I’d let you know of the book’s existence and if you’d like a copy the link is here; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Where-Are-T.../dp/1912027607

            Thanks for your time and if you manage to get a copy of the book, you won’t be disappointed!!

            LSM

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              Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
              I've not read this to review it as it's out today on ebook but it looks right up OTF's street :

              WCLDN
              Ah only just seen this. Thanks for sharing, RdG.

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                Originally posted by Uroš Predić View Post

                Ah only just seen this. Thanks for sharing, RdG.
                Congratulations on getting it out, Glen.

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                  We've reduced the Kindle price of Things Can Only Get Better: Bury's mid-90s rise under Stan Ternent to Ł4.99 and The Forgotten Fifteen: How Bury triumphed in British football's worst year to just Ł1.99 for a week. Loads of five-star reviews on Amazon for each. Read them and realise just how much we all loved the club that Stewart and Steve destroyed. Cheers.
                  Last edited by Giggler; 10-10-2019, 19:56.

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                    Just finished "Recovering", the memoir of ex-Millwall and Ireland striker Richie Sadlier. Barely counts under the football books thread given how little there is about the game itself (not helped obviously by his curtailed playing career), but it's one of the best sports-related memoirs I've read in a while. I won't mention the salient points in case anyone who hasn't seen any reviews/coverage of its release is looking to read it without any spoilers, but suffice to say anyone familiar with Richie's warm and eloquent work on RTE, Second Captains, etc. will be quite shocked at what he's been through to get to the seemingly happy point in life he's at now.

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                      I'm trying to work out from Barney Ronay's Guardian review of David Goldblatt's The Age of Football, what it's really about - that is, what is the point, or what conclusions do we come to after 540 pages? Other than that it covers a lot of ground and is a tour de force for reasons not really specified.

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                        I fear my question was too challenging for OTF‘s greatest minds, so I‘ve downloaded the book to try and find out for myself. Am about to embark on a ‚football books of the year‘ round-up for my Soccer America column, so any recommendations for books published this year (either in hardback or paperback) are welcome. Bear in mind I‘m writing for a US audience, so more general themes preferred. ‚Scunthorpe United - The Old Showground Years‘ is probably not the kind of thing I’ll be writing about, although if that book existed I would definitely get it.

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                          Imp, I suggest this one because I'm aware of it and it's very much within your kettle of fish, but must also mention (or remind you, because I might have mentioned it on this thread already) that I am aware of it because I proofread it: Mensch by Jonathan Harding is one that you might (or might not) find interesting. Obviously if you do decide to include it then do mention if you're impressed with the quality of the spelling and the punctuation and that.

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                            Thanks, Sam - it's a fairly cheap download, so I'll try and take a look at it. I'm fucking ruthless on typos, though...

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                              Had a pile of books arrive from Pitch. Call me an old-fashioned stickler, but I find it really, really hard to get along with books that read like they were sent straight from the author's hard drive to the printer. At best there's someone with what they imagine to be a magic editor's wand who waves it briefly over the top of the manuscript.

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                                Originally posted by imp View Post
                                I fear my question was too challenging for OTF‘s greatest minds, so I‘ve downloaded the book to try and find out for myself. Am about to embark on a ‚football books of the year‘ round-up for my Soccer America column, so any recommendations for books published this year (either in hardback or paperback) are welcome. Bear in mind I‘m writing for a US audience, so more general themes preferred. ‚Scunthorpe United - The Old Showground Years‘ is probably not the kind of thing I’ll be writing about, although if that book existed I would definitely get it.
                                I read Zonal marking, which I thought was not bad (and will almost certainly be of interest to the Soccer America readership). Put it this way: it;s a very good book for a new fan and more longstanding fans will probably forgive some of the contrivances just to read a reasonably good narrative history of the last 25 years of football.

                                Also, Barefoot to Boots, a history of Indian football which was kind of interesting despite the league and cup structures being absolutely baffling (think Brazil in the 60s only much less organized). Probably not what you are looking for though.

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                                  Next up from the Pitch pile is 'Stateside Soccer: The Definitive History of Soccer in the United States' by Tom Scholes. And look here, on page 144 there's a book quoted called Rock n Roll Soccer. Who wrote that, then? A guy called "Ian Plenderith". Really, never heard of him. Oh, hang on a minute...

                                  Ha ha ha, of all the people to be reviewing this book. Bad luck, mate.

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                                    Originally posted by imp View Post
                                    Had a pile of books arrive from Pitch. Call me an old-fashioned stickler, but I find it really, really hard to get along with books that read like they were sent straight from the author's hard drive to the printer. At best there's someone with what they imagine to be a magic editor's wand who waves it briefly over the top of the manuscript.
                                    I had four people look over mine per chapter and then go through it whole when I'd finished it because I couldn't afford an editor. I think mine hang together well.

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                                      Every published book should have at least two edits, ideally three - a structural edit, a style and content edit, and finally a proofreading edit. It doesn't matter who the author is, these edits are an absolute must. Otherwise, it's like going to a restaurant, ordering food, and then the waiter dumps the raw ingredients on the table and tells you, "Sorry, but the chef's not in tonight. Bon appetit!"

                                      Back to Goldblatt - Alan Tomlinson's review in the latest WSC doesn't tell me any more than Ronay's. Maybe the sheer scope of the book makes it impossible to sum it up in 500 words. In which case, don't try. Just tell me why this book is important and why I should read it. I'm on the third chapter, and it's a struggle. Not because the book's bad (it isn't), but because there's too much to get your head around, and you feel like you're being bombarded with a series of already known facts and events. You feel too like you have to read this book, and that's not a good motivation. That is, I'd feel guilty about giving up, but that's what I want to do because I know how many chapters of this are still to come. So despite its depth, it's all too much, and so depressing in its catalogue of corruption, political meddling, and death through oppression and stadium disasters that you start to wonder if you should not just give up on the book, but football too.

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                                        Originally posted by imp View Post
                                        I fear my question was too challenging for OTF‘s greatest minds, so I‘ve downloaded the book to try and find out for myself. Am about to embark on a ‚football books of the year‘ round-up for my Soccer America column, so any recommendations for books published this year (either in hardback or paperback) are welcome. Bear in mind I‘m writing for a US audience, so more general themes preferred. ‚Scunthorpe United - The Old Showground Years‘ is probably not the kind of thing I’ll be writing about, although if that book existed I would definitely get it.
                                        have you read Grounds for Divorce by Mel Huckridge?

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                                          Would love to, but unfortunately it's not a 2019 publication. Unless there's a Legacy Edition in the pipeline.

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