My aim in writing this review is not to give a balanced account of the whole book but to explain why I think it should be read by fans of all English football clubs and not just those who support Manchester City. The subtitle of the book is “Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up” and the middle phrase, “Modern Football”, refers to David Conn’s account of the business of football.
The title of this post is the title of a book written by Jane, a friend of mine. It tells the story of her journey through depression and all the questions that it threw up. She moved from asking if she should be taking antidepressants to trying to find the one that was best for her, with side effects that she could live with. It’s a personal memoir not a text book and she stresses the need for expert help in her search to find out what worked for her. She also makes it clear that the medicine that suits her won’t suit everyone.
People react to suffering in different ways and the authors of two books* on my worth-reading list came to diametrically opposite conclusions about God following imprisonment in a concentration camp. Elie Wiesel’s faith died when he arrived at Auschwitz and saw bodies in pits being consumed by fire. Corrie ten Boom also saw terrible sights in Ravensbrück but emerged with her faith in God intact.
This book is about pain and its value. It is written as a memoir of Dr Paul Brand, whose professional life revolved around the theme of pain. As a child in India he observed pain and suffering as he watched his missionary parents treating those who came for help. His parents were not doctors but had a little medical training that enabled them to treat ailments and, when necessary, extract teeth. Some of the treatments Paul Brand watched were messy and revolting and made him decide that the last thing he wanted to do was to become a doctor.
The most remarkable fact about this book is that it was first published sixty years ago, in 1953. It was written as science fiction describing a post-literate future but some of the things described in the book are now part of present-day life.
There is no mention of Birmingham City FC in this book but it contains much that explains the current plight of the club I support. The book explains how the clubs that were started in workplaces, schools and churches evolved into professional teams and why ticket prices have risen so much that many people can no longer afford to go and watch what used to be called the people’s game.It explores the reasons why so many clubs have been insolvent at a time when there is so much money in the game. It is well researched and well written by a fan who loves the game. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about football and wants to understand what has gone wrong with football in Britain.
Ev’ry road thro’ life is a long, long road,
Fill’d with joys and sorrows too,
As you journey on how your heart will yearn
For the things most dear to you.
With wealth and love ’tis so,
But onward we must go.