Thursday, January 29, 2009

Why you should buy this book

I am often amazed at the generosity of writers towards someone who would be struggling to make the Z List, (i.e. me). Case in point, Charlie Connelly. He was kind enough to drop me a line after reading The Bromley Boys, saying how much he enjoyed it. He seemed a nice enough fellow, so I thought I'd push my luck and ask him for a quote I could use for publicity. Now, despite having a new book of his own to promote, And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years of British and Irish History, he got back to me quickly with the following:

"The Bromley Boys is the best football memoir I have ever read. Where Dave Roberts truly succeeds is in making his experiences chime with anyone who grew up as a football fan anywhere and in any era - Dave's Bromley FC in the sixties is my Charlton Athletic in the eighties; the experiences are timeless and universal. He relates his story with irresistable charm and sharp self-deprecating wit, and at the turn of every page I found myself shouting, "me too! me too!" You don't have to be a Bromley supporter to love this book. You don't even have to have heard of Bromley. Dave Roberts is every small boy in every town who ever loved a football team, and The Bromley Boys deserves to be a classic."

As if that wasn't enough, he wrote to some of his media contacts asking them to help give The Bromley Boys some publicity. Nice or what? Clearly, you should now buy his book - it was Radio 4's Book of the Week recently and has had great reviews.

1 comment:

DJ Kirkby said...

Very nice and it looks like I'll have to add to our TBR pile yet again xo