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Behind Closed Doors: Life, Laughs and Football (Hardback)
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Behind Closed Doors: Life, Laughs and Football (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 19/09/2019
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Culled from the knockabout podcast of the same name, Behind Closed Doors captures the quick fire banter between one of our best loved footballers and one of our best loved celebrity fans. Anecdotes come flying thick and fast as we learn all sorts of eye-opening things about dressing rooms and open- top buses, all served up with lashings of wit and ribald humour.

Inspired by the No.1 podcast Behind Closed Doors 

Would a pre-book team-talk be useful before we begin? A few uplifting words to take with you as you pull on the shirt, tie your boots, perform a few light stretches and get ready to go out there and read this. I ought to be able to help. I’ve sat in enough dressing rooms with enough football managers.

This book is inspired by the stories Danny and I have shared with each other about what life in football is really like. Not the dull-as-dishwater post-match interviews you sometimes see on TV, but the secrets, the superstitions, the laughs and the personalities at the heart of it all.

I’ve looked back at my playing days, prising open the dressing room door to reveal what actually happens in there, not to mention what happens in the tunnel and on the pitch and ‘ with the appropriate pixellation ‘ in the showers afterwards.

Coming at football from the other end of the spectrum, Danny shares stories from a lifetime of following the game as a fan. Both of us reflect, too, from a fair amount of time we’ve spent broadcasting about it.

From yellow cards to world cup trophies (I've never been awarded either of them), from the warm-up to the electric nerves of match day, you’ll find it all here, everything you always wanted to know about football, but didn’t realise that you did, including the trials of the penalty shoot-out, the pluses and minuses of open top bus parades and the things nobody tells you about shirt-swapping. There may even be one or two adventures in motivational speaking with Sir Bobby Robson. And yes, I have an inkling we will reveal what it’s actually like to share a bath with Paul Gascoigne. 

Is that enough for a team talk? Now go out there and enjoy yourself!

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529124361
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 625 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This is Lineker unleashed. As a non-football nut I didn't expect to enjoy it, but between laddish anecdotes are passages of sudden tenderness. Lineker recalls deathbed conversations with his father, Barry, a Leicester market trader who'd taken him and his childhood team-mates to matches in his fruit and veg van. The process seems to have acted as a sort of talking therapy for Lineker, opening him up, dislodging memories and reflections, not just about football but his whole life." -- Janice Turner * THE TIMES *
"Gary Lineker and Danny Baker relate stories both honest and hilarious about the world of football." * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
"Is there anything Gary Lineker can't do?" * RADIO TIMES *
"This personal and often hilarious book is the perfect gift for any footie fanatic." * OK! MAGAZINE *
Meet Gary Lineker and Danny Baker

Meet Gary Lineker and Danny Baker

Bluewater
Friday 29th November 19:00

Gary Lineker and Danny Baker will be visiting Waterstones Bluewater to sign copies of Behind Closed Doors, their new book inspired by the hit podcast.

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