So, need a Christmas present for a football fan? Perhaps even one that likes to read a good book before bed.
Well, outside of Norfolk, ‘All I want for Christmas’ is the best football book you’ve never heard of. Everyone has heard of Garry Nelson’s ‘Left Foot Forward’ yet this book is everything that Garry’s book is and every bit as good to boot.
In Norwich, the story of Canaries legend Iwan Roberts’ last season with the club created the same sort of impact at book store signings as Harry Potter. However, in the rest of the country, the book’s unheard of.
‘All I want for Christmas’ is an honest and candid football diary from an aging cult-hero toothless striker. It is filled with the self-deprecation and ironic humour that shows Iwan Roberts’ personality perfectly and completely shows why Roberts became the cult-hero that he did in his time with Norwich. I challenge anyone to read the entire book without at least laughing once, it would be impossible to do.
As well as all this, it gets you emotionally involved in Roberts’ life over the course of the 2003/04 season, both in his race to get to 100 goals for his beloved Norwich, how much he is hoping to get them promoted to the Premier League and whether it will be his last year with the club. Even off the field, the potential for disaster to strike this family man grips you like a fiction novel.
Despite that, there is still enough controversy in the book to land Roberts with a three game ban after the book was published.
Not only would this be the perfect present for Norwich fans, it would be perfect for all fans who not only support lower league clubs but have any interest in life in football outside the world of the Rooney’s and Ronaldo’s.
Plus, the paperback vision will cost you less than £10! HERE
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