Digitally enhanced for Kindle, Chelsea here Chelsea there, the critically acclaimed, best selling Blues title from Gate 17 takes you back to a mystical magical world before mobile phones were the tool of choice for arranging "meets" - before the M25 became a match-day carpark - when winning trophies was just the stuff of dreams.
Where you one of the 25,000ish Blues fans who crammed into the Highbury library back in August 1984? Here is the story of a phenomenal day out - Chelsea are back, Chelsea are back - hello hello -
Picture the scene, August 25th 1984, Highbury Stadium, London. Thousands upon thousands of expectant Chelsea fans have congregated at the stately home of aristocratic Arsenal to celebrate the return of the Blues to the old First Division. A quarter of a century ago Chelsea were a very different proposition to the club they are today. A luckless Cinderella outfit on the brink of financial extinction, they were represented by an inexpensively assembled team of relatively unknown players. Despite this, the Blues were able to command a phenomenal away support seldom bettered by the leading clubs of the day and inconceivable in the modern era. Set against a detailed background recalling life in Thatcherite Britain, Chelsea Here Chelsea There is a flawless time capsule for Blues fans seeking a trip down memory lane or those on the lookout for enlightenment in the ways of the old school. An assemblage of fascinating player interviews, rare and previously unseen photographs and the anecdotal recollections of a broad cross section of Blues fans present on that special day give Chelsea Here Chelsea There an endearingly nostalgic flavour. Dixon, Nevin, Speedie. Johnny Neal s Blue and White army swathed in Le Coq Sportif. Frankie say slogan T-shirts, Hi-NRG music and the lunatic hooligan fringe, Chelsea Here Chelsea There incorporates them all with gusto along with plenty more and provides a welcome shot in the arm for any fan seeking an antidote to today's ...
A book about a brilliant invention, the bicycle. It's about the joy of cycling, it peels back the myths of the cycling fraternity and exposes the bicycle in all its unadulterated beauty. The book is about being a boy on a bike or a girl on a bike and it's overriding message is that the bicycle is for everybody to enjoy. 'Entertaining informative and funny.'
Reviews: 'Thorogood is one of my favourite authors and he easily makes you fall in love with cycling The author covers the history of bikes and cycling in his usual quirky style, he would have been a brilliant teacher, and he makes it really interesting. I enjoyed the descriptions of the many places traveled and as a cyclist I found it entertaining, challenging and in parts, so funny.'
'For bike and cycling enthusiasts, past and present, this is a highly entertaining and informative book, written in a humorous style with bite sized sections making for an easy read. It takes us through the history, from initial invention, via the Penny farthing to the modern high tech versions as well as the hand- made beauties. Some astonishing stats emerge, for example, Raleigh were producing 500,000 bikes per annum around 1949. There's also a number of interesting and amusing anecdotes and even my own earliest bike, the Hercules Falcon makes the list. A truly informative book which will appeal to many.'
A travelogue about a dream come true. After seven years of owning their barge, Hennie-Ha, seven years involving catastrophe and crisis, Val and her partner finally go 'faring' to France for the first time. This travelogue is about the places they visit and the people they meet along the canals on their route from the Netherlands, through Belgium and into northern France. It tells a gentle story about how they experience their life on board during the four weeks they spend cruising. Written as a journal, the reader joins them on their travels through rain and shine and reveals how day by day, Val learns to cast aside the stresses and demands of the real world and to appreciate life's simplest of pleasures to the full.
And why 'Faring to France on a Shoe'? Well, download a sample and then all will be clear, or just have a 'look inside'!
During the 2013-14 season Anthony Higgins followed fan owned club CAP Ciudad de Murcia, in the fifth tier of Spanish football. Tired of the excesses of the modern game and in an attempt to rediscover his mojo for the sport, the author goes on the road visiting every corner of the Spanish Region of Murcia and beyond. On his travels he discovers the club's links with other fan groups throughout Spain and further afield which then takes him on journeys to places as diverse as Bilbao and Gibraltar.
En-route he pays a different kind of visit to some of Spain's hidden pearls. This is a highly personal account of one person's relationship with a country, its people, its history and ultimately its alternative football scene.
The book combines the pleasures of travel writing with a profound scrutiny of Spanish life seen through the eyes of an exile from Tyneside and of course it's all played out to a backdrop of football.
Christmas is over and so are Mitch's reasons for staying in the UK. Having bought a car/van, or whatever the British hybrid is, and also, having ended all social connections, south is inevitable now.
"Good-bye, Manchester. Maybe someday I'll return on better terms... "
London. A ferry over to Holland, a stop in Amsterdam, down through Belgium and France, Spain is the final frontier. Stoked to have a snowboard, more impressed with his camera and guitar, ski lifts are vital opportunities to learn Spanish. Numerous encounters, an exhilarating start with overwhelming scenery, a chance encounter leads Mitch from the peaks of the Pyrenees to, at last, surfing along the armpit of Spain and France.
Pais Basco. The Basque Country. San Sebastian, Espana. The culinary capital with a romantic old world sensibility, the dramatic coast is culturally inspiring, secure and tolerantly abiding. Mitch arrives with absolutely no money, no plans and has to make some serious survival choices.