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Whose Game Is It Anyway?

Written by: Michael Calvin
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Publisher's Summary

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 listener 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.

©2021 Michael Calvin (P)2021 W F Howes

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  • John O'Callaghan
  • 07-11-21

For the love of the game

Another fantastic book from Mr Calvin. It helped me feel the love of the sport I was slowly feeling more detached from. Great listen if you want to fall back in love with the beautiful game

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  • D J VICTOR
  • 14-07-21

Great start - but…

The first few chapters are written and read with passion-but after we leave Vicarage Road it all gets lost.
This is evident in the change of tempo in the way the book is read
The slow pace - with long pauses between sentences appear to demonstrate that the author has got lost in his meaningless journey around the world

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  • Brad Abraham
  • 03-10-22

Decent read but unfocused

This memoir about growing up as a football fan who becomes a sports journalist has some interesting anecdotes and some ideas worthy of discussion but it all lacks focus. The chapters meander at times and they don’t have a strong connection to each other as they lurch from one story to the next.