This is a terrific analysis of football making some serious and clever points in a very likeable dry-witted style. The great thing about it as an audiobook is that it will bear several listens to take in the many salient points. Thoroughly recommended.
Of course, I'd never have selected this book if it hadn't been written by Joanne Rowling and you have to say that the subject matter & plot is courageous given that she knew how much attention it would get after the success of Harry Potter. I enjoyed it enormously for its wit, minute observation of the thoughts & motivation of the large cast of characters and for its very British small-town setting. The sheer number of characters can be a bit of a problem in a audiobook where it's difficult to rewind to recall exactly who is who/married to whom etc., but persist because it's worth it.
This book has been much referenced in UK sports in recent years - especially football - and you can see why, even if the major Premier League teams show few signs of heeding the lessons. The sheer weight of baseball statistics can be a bit heavy at times for us Brits, but it's a fascinating story of applying intelligent and analytical thinking to the task of building a sports team. The descriptions of groupthink and received-wisdoms in the baseball management and scouting community are funny and insightful, and no doubt have parallels in our sports. If you're a sports fan, I recommend it, but if you don't like sport, don't spend your money on this - however much you liked Brad Pitt in the movie.
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