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Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs

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Mikey Wilson's whole life has been about the moment when he steps onto Old Trafford's 'Theatre of Dreams'. But when a wayward pass from Ryan Giggs leads to the worst debut ever, his schoolboy obsession with Giggs develops into something more dangerous.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2012 by Tindal Street Press
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Marzena
For every footballer who plays for the first team, there are hundreds of those who didn't make it. How do you live when you had to give up the only dream you'd had? Well, some cope, and some go nuts.

The obsession the main character has fills the pages, you can nearly touch it. The writing sometimes feels like Palahniuk's at his best. Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs is a fresh novel and it's a good read, especially if you're United fan.

People talk about >>ordinary supporters<<, the &
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Stephen
enjoyed this novel about the downside of football about a footballer who fails to make the grade and his life afterwards and the dark humour as he started off in youth team with giggs
Alan
I really enjoyed this book, but mainly because I am a United fan (since 1963, although my dad brought me up on the Busby babes etc, so since birth really, in 1955). It is stuffed with football and United detail, matchday noises and events, games, crowds, statistics (including the worst ever Ferguson-United team, goalkeeper Massimo Taibi of course).

Initially I found the story a great idea. The protagonist is one of the class-of-92 (which includes Giggs, Scholes, the 'Neville sisters' etc) who do
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Andy
What if you don't make it - not everyone can be a football superstar. Glass' novel uses Manchester United player Mike Wilson as a cypher for the all those whose dreams are dashed, all those who are chewed up and spat out by clubs, all those who aren't plain good enough and can't face facts.

Mike Wilson's fate is the total opposite of United team mate Ryan Giggs, hence the title of the book. He is 'Little Giggsy' in every way!

The book really evokes match-day football and Glass explores the role of
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Steven Kay
"It is cleverly written with flashbacks to two different eras from the present (the 2007/2008 season). So it is three narrative threads in one which all come together in the end as the story is rounded off." Full review of this and other football novels at: http://stevek1889.blogspot.co.uk/2014...
stefano
La prima volta che ho preso questo libro pensavo fosse una storia vera, senza nessun motivo valido per pensarlo. Ho letto qualche pagina senza andare in wikipedia: io non mi ricordavo di Mark Wilson e non volevo rovinarmi eventuali sorprese. Poi non ce l'ho fatta, ho cercato in wiki e ho scoperto che no, non è una storia vera. Peccato.
E un altro peccato è che parli del Manchester United, la squadra rossa sbagliata.
Per il resto è un'ottima storia che si sviluppa su diversi livelli temporali e na
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Steve Gillway
This book is concerned with the darker side of sport. In the recent London 2012 olympics we could sense the relief and joy of the winners, but what about the losers, or the nearly successful. This book looks at English football and gives us a grotesque picture of somebody failing to make it and not being able to escape that failure. It is dark black comedy. The worst thing is that there is some basis of truth in it. Thousands of kids in the UK must almost but not quite get into the first team an ...more
Terry
Good fun, especially if you are a fan of the Man United 'class of 92'
Carys
A heartbreaking and funny story of obsession. Beautifully written in first, second and third person sections and interspersed with excerpts from internet message boards and newspapers, 'Bring me the Head of Ryan Giggs' is a book that requires some work on the part of the reader, but it's an investment that's ultimately rewarding.
gargravarr
Interesting book. It looks at what happens to a player who doesn't make in the big time, and how that might affect their life in many ways. It focuses on English football, but it could be any top-level sport.
Laura
a fantastic read, brilliant characterisation and subject matter that is hugely relevant to modern life. REad it even if you know nothing about football, it's great.
Jed
I really enjoyed this book. It combined a little fantasy with a lot of reality, resulting in an excellent read.
David Brook
Actually good football fiction. Without needing to understand the football references too.
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