Fear and Loathing

Well, it’s that time of year again. As well as a huge holiday feast of games at all levels, it is often an opportunity to catch up on all the books you intended to read through the year ……. but never quite did!

Equally, the holidays give many of us the opportunities to check out new books and recommended books. Here are a few I read (or re-read this year) which I think could be of interest.

Football Against The Enemy – Simon Kupe
No, not the rivalry between West Ham and Millwall but some harrowing tales of modern history.
“If you like football, read it. If you don’t like football, read it”

A Season With Verona – Tim Parks
Possibly my favourite season-long guide of all time. Parks follows his beloved Verona the length (long) and breadth (narrow) of Italy. Fantastic read whether you love football, Italy or quality writing.

Stamping Grounds – Charlie Connelly
The quirky story of following the Liechtenstein national football team across Europe.

Fear and Loathing – Sid Lowe
Along with “Morbo”, this is a must–read if you have any interest in Spanish football

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro – Joe McGinniss

If you liked the craziness of Spanish lower leagues, I am sure you will love the craziness of the Italian lower leagues. Imagine, say, Gillingham making it to the Championship. Oooh, it can happen. Unlike Parks, the late Joe McGinniss was an outsider to both football and Italy. In some ways, that’s a plus as nothing is taken for granted for the reader

Messi – Luca Caioli
Yes, I know the whole world is a Messi fan now. Maybe it’s a good time to look back before PSG and the Argentinian World Cup win. I can’t claim to be a huge fan or biographies but this one is very readable.

England Legends
(Maybe an oxymoron!)

England Legends

‘England Legends’ is Jim Norley’s new A5 hardback book containing original digital illustrations of over 75 England legends across all eras.

Contains all England’s heroes from 1966 and the recent Euro 2020 tournament as well as many of the other greats to wear the three lions. Buy direct from GillinghamLegends

The Games People Play
A Whole New Ball Game

The Games People Play / A Whole New Ball Game – Gary Thacker
Two seasons and two separate docunovels about life in levels 9 and 10 of the Spanish structure.
Far-fetched? Yes. Impossible? Absolutely not. Life away from Real Madrid, Barcelona and others.


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