Duncan Hamilton is incapable of writing a dull sentence and I had eagerly awaited his discourse on the development of football over the past 60 years and how the game enabled him to form a bond with both his grandfather and father.
Fortunately I was not left disappointed as the author has produced yet another book that deserves to be savoured.
Those who have read his warts and all yet loving portrait of Brian Clough will not be surprised to learn that icons such as Jackie Milburn, Jim Baxter, Bobby Charlton, Duncan Edwards and Bill Shankly come under similar scrutiny and the descriptions of them, others and great matches from the past are illuminating and powerful.
Hamilton roves through history and brings us up to date with a wonderful analysis of Barcelona and Messi and what shines through is his passion for the sport and how it enabled him to communicate with his father, a former miner and a man of his times who found it hard, if not impossible to show his emotions.
Football gave them a common bond and a way of finding each other.
Anyone who read the homages to both Stewart Imlach and John White by their respective sons will identify with this jewel of a book which could well put Mr Hamilton in the running for his third Sports Book of the Year Award.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2757 KB
- Print Length: 354 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099558572
- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (30 August 2012)
- Sold by: PRH UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008AX16VQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 44 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #285,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)