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Gullhanger - Or How I Learned To Love Brighton & Hove Albion by [Ward, Mike]
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  • File Size: 667 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QTOPL6
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The book had no reviews, positive or negative. That seemed very strange since this is a 10 year old book. The subject didn't look enthralling. I'd never heard of the author. I can't even tell you why I down loaded this book, much less why I started reading it. I was prepared to delete this thing after a chapter or three, but I just wanted something that wasn't fiction and thought this might fit the bill.

That being said, this author is a genius. He brought his personal feelings to life for the reader. Copious amounts of self deprecating humor, hilarious analogies and honesty set this book apart from any I've ever read. The main character in this story is the author himself. He does a good job of telling you who he is, not just what he does for a living. The interactions he has with people in his life are magnified by his side-bar style of writing that let's you know what he was thinking at the time of the conversation.

Soccer (football) fan or not, you will enjoy this book. There are no slow spots. I found myself laughing very often because of the author's way of bashing himself over the head using the English language. A superior read.
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I don't laugh out loud very often at books, and I think we would all look strangely at a man who couldn't stop giggling to himself while reading on the subway. However, I couldn't help laughing at "Gullhanger." The book details Mike Ward's conscious attempt to become a die-hard fan of his local team, which happens to be Brighton and Hove Albion. Ward possesses an amazing ability to laugh at himself; he knows full well that there's something a little bit ridiculous in what he's doing, and he approaches the whole thing with tongue firmly planted in cheek. With a keen eye for irony and a lethal wit, Ward skewers fans, teams, obsessions, the game of soccer, and himself, and the result is hilarious. As a work of sports nonfiction or as a work of pure sociology, "Gullhanger" delivers, and it's definitely worth a read.
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By Attila on September 27, 2012
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A very easy and enjoyable read. The author writes in a style that holds your attention, makes you laugh, and even gives you a few things to think about. The writing is very relatable. I live an ocean away, but completely understood where the author was coming from. While its nothing that will win any awards, it beats watching a mindless sitcom anyday of the week.
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Granted, I probably wouldn't have downloaded this book if it weren't free, but now after reading it I wish I have spent a few dollars on it :P This is not just a good look at fandom and life in the lower divisions of English football, away from the glitz and the glamour of the Premier League. It's also a funny, self-deprecating look at middle age, superbly written (albeit with some minor typographical errors) by a guy, whom you easily imagine, is just sitting next to you in a pub.
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This is an authentic reflection of being a football fan. The author Mike Ward is honest in his self-potrayal geniunly laughing at himself and not understanding entirely the fantaticism consuming his life. All aspects of a mans relationship with his football club are laid open in this book. If a non football fan were to pick up this book, they would soon appreciate and understand a little more of what being supporting is all about. Great read, thanks Mike!
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Heartfelt journey through a season of English football by a "think I need to bite into life again" fan prompted by the weight of his mortality and his desire to grab the spirit of life on the pitch seen from the terrace and ignited in the hearts and faces of those he stood with. Oh, and a wholly entertaining and warm book.
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This story about male middle-age,football and obsession is great fun and really well told. It's also free on Kindle so clearly represents a bargain. I'm not a dedicated football fan, but found myself I relating to many of the episodes described,particularly as I live near Brighton and have been an Attila the Stockbroker fan for some years! For me this book is sightly dangerous; I'm male, getting on, prone to obsession and live in Hove, the next step is obvious..... :-)
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By Jbeb on August 11, 2013
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Champions two years in a row. And a few years earlier almost out of the Football leagues. A start of an new era for The seagulls.This is a must read for anyone at anytime following a football team. Enjoy!
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