Whose Game Is It Anyway?: Football, Life, Love & Loss (Hardback)
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Whose Game Is It Anyway?: Football, Life, Love & Loss (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 19/04/2021
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Searching for the soul of sport (and particularly football) in the age of Covid, the veteran journalist delivers a typically thoughtful and incisive critique of the roles greed and community play in the beautiful game and how sport remains a vital part of people’s lives across the globe.

Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2021

Football has never seemed so distant from its fans. Many have been alienated by the greed and shameless self-interest of the Premier League, and no one can predict how the global game will look post-pandemic. In Whose Game Is It Anyway?, Sunday Times best-selling author Michael Calvin searches for a reason to believe.

Written at the height of the Covid-19 crisis, the book is a thought-provoking, deeply personal account of the role sport - and particularly football - plays in everyday life. Part memoir, part manifesto, it takes the reader on a tour of the world's greatest sporting occasions and into its outposts in sub-Saharan Africa, the Amazon Basin and the Southern Ocean.

Drawn from Calvin's experience as an award-winning sportswriter, covering every major sports event over 40 years in more than 80 countries, it offers first-hand insight into such icons as Muhammad Ali, Maradona and Sir Bobby Charlton. With settings ranging from a jungle clearing to a township in apartheid South Africa, this is sport as you've never seen it before.

Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781785318849
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 222 x 144 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Michael Calvin's latest work does not disappoint in confirming his status as one of the UK's best sports writers of modern times. An engaging patchwork of powerful ideas, brutal criticism and genuine acclaim for the heroes of Calvin's life." --David Walker, The Sports Journalists Association; "Mike Calvin's memoir deserves to be read by everyone who loves football. It's full of good tales and beautifully written too." --Paul Hayward; "A tour de force. An engaging blend of touching memoir and trenchant reporting." Ian Ridley, William Hill shortlisted author of The Breath of Sadness; "A lovely, soulful, personal read. Michael Calvin has done it again." --Jonathan Northcroft, Sunday Times; "Half-way through this by Michael Calvin and it's a timely and gorgeously evocative reminder of the game they're trying to steal now." --Vincent Hogan, Irish Independent; "Couldn't be better timed, with all the talk of the European Super League." --Guy Clarke, Liverpool Echo; "Strongly recommend the new book from Michael Calvin, Whose Game Is It Anyway?, to anyone for whom football is a substantial strand [in their] life. That the release coincides with news of a Super League only reinforces why football needs voices like Michael's." --Alan Redmond, Football Agent; "The book is a timely reminder of why football is so much more important than the selfish Super League clubs. It is an illuminating journey of discovery, and we end on a positive note, suggesting that there are some Premier League agents-for-change like Marcus Rashford and community-led clubs like Lewes, Accrington and AFC Wimbledon who offer real hope for the future of football." --Late Tackle magazine

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