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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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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