Tag Archives: Book Reviews

Dreams of paradise so easily lost

Michael Calvin’s final book in his trilogy that includes ‘The Nowhere Men’ (scouting) and ‘Living on the Volcano’ (management) is a telling critique of youth development in English football. He journeys through the landscape of youth football interviewing players, parents … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Natural by Ross Raisin

The world of the modern professional footballer is a contradictory affair. The presumed glory and fame of sporting success is mixed with the negative pressures and anxiety of young lives. Ross Raisin’s ‘A Natural’ addresses these contradictions with a novel … Continue reading

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Book review: Tangerines and Pies – The story of the 2015/16 football season for Blackpool and Wigan

This quietly published book chronicles Wigan Athletic’s successful League One title winning campaign and contrasts it with the travails of local rivals Blackpool during the 2015/16 season. Both clubs have enjoyed the limelight of the Premier League but during 2015 … Continue reading

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Book review: The Illustrated History of Football by David Squires

The Guardian cartoonist David Squires’ first book ‘The Illustrated History of Football’ provides a wonderfully entertaining take on some of football’s big moments. Squires provides a humorous and insightful journey through the evolution of the game commencing with primal man … Continue reading

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Book review: Saturday, 3pm – 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football by Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray’s latest book ‘Saturday, 3pm. 50 Eternal Delights of Modern Football’ is a celebration of what makes football so special. Those golden moments that illuminates a football supporter’s life. These short vignettes of prose-poetry capture the essence of what … Continue reading

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Book Review: Living on the Volcano – The Secrets of Surviving as a Football Manager by Michael Calvin

At a time when the average tenure of a football manager is getting shorter than ever, Michael Calvin provides an absorbing insight into the mind of the modern-day football manager. Calvin gets into the psyche of managers who are currently … Continue reading

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Book review: Whatever happened to Billy Parks? A football novel with a heart and soul

Whatever happened to Billy Parks? By Gareth R Roberts is a fictional account of wasted talent but with the possibility of a remarkable redemption. Right from the beginning we are emotionally drawn to Billy; he has a difficult upbringing and … Continue reading

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