“From Street Urchin to Gold Medal: A Barrow Boy’s Story” Michael Rolls (Picador, 1966) Dominic Nozahic (@domnozahic) The best books, I find, are ones that provoke you to dig deeper. The great thing about great books is that not only will the surface level reading entice you and hold you in its […]
All you need to know about this book is conveyed by the choice of titles for the chapters. This is a different book if released at a later date. A better book. A much better book. Yep, that’s it. I already said the bit about the chapters. That really is it.
In anticipation of this book, and to placate my impatience at not having it in my possession, I read some reviews and soon noted the many instances where the word ‘detail’ came up (seven, as it happens). I became slightly concerned; perhaps detail was code; political internet shorthand for goes on a bit. Turns out detail, meant … detail. This though is not your garden-variety detail, no, this […]
I could introduce this “book review” by recounting the heart-wrenching story behind how I came to own this book and then the equally heartbreaking turn of events that led me to getting round to actually reading it, but I don’t go in much for those type of reviews that are more about the reviewer than […]
*Spoiler Alert* If you don’t want to know how the story ends, avert your eyes from the title of this book now. Phew – that was a close one! Many people claim this to be one of the finest football novels ever written. If that’s true (I haven’t read many), then it might be that such a […]
Glorious: My World, Football and Me Paul Gascoigne (Simon & Schuster Ltd 2011) I remember calling my friend Tim Greaves from work while he read the final names for the World Cup ’98 squad off of Ceefax. He told me I wouldn’t believe who’d been left out. I went through everyone before I got to […]
Babysitting George – Celia Walden (Bloomsbury 2011) I’d heard about Babysitting George when it was the book of the week on Radio 4 (Yes I was in between applying my Fixodent and emptying my bed pan before you ask) and although wasn’t immediately taken by it, after reading a few reviews I decided in the […]
Little did we know that even before he was a twinkle in SAF’s eye Wazza was the romantic subject of a Catherine Cookson novel. We asked a very clever person with an MA in English to read this wonder of literary fiction and review it for us. They did and even managed to crowbar the […]