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The Ripple Effect

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  91 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
One town under siege . . . One batch of doughnuts . . . One ripple of resentment.

Profit-hungry developers are swarming over Middleton, determined to see the local football ground turned into luxury flats. But they haven't counted on the spirited resistance of local baker, Bill Baxter, who vents his frustration at the developers' plans by neglecting to put jam into a batch
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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May 22, 2012 Tony rated it liked it
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I like comic fiction and I like football/soccer, and so I picked this up hoping to find an enjoyable light read to pass an evening or two. And indeed, that's pretty much exactly what I got -- nothing deep or particularly insightful, just a decent British comedy. The story's hero is Bill, a baker by trade, and diehard lifelong fan of his local lower-division soccer club. One morning, while despondent at his team's woeful record, he deliberately underfills the jam donuts, a simple act whose titula ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Rachelle rated it liked it
Had I known in advance that this was about football/soccer for the most part, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. But the first chapter or two got me with its humour. Just the fact that the entire book is based on the results of a non-jam-filled donut makes it hilarious. The end end wasn't predictable either, as so many of this sort are. Also, the characters are very consistent and strong - I'm terrible with names, but could tell after the first sentence from each character, who I was dealing ...more
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Dec 29, 2014 David Whittlestone rated it it was amazing
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I read the first page and debated with myself whether I should continue. I did and am very pleased that I did. What a good book. I really enjoyed reading it. It was set in a part of Britain that I know fairly well with characters I might recognise. The story though was completely outside my experience, centring on football - hence my reluctance to start reading it.
However, it was a gripping tale of intrigue, cataloguing the ripples emanating from an early event. The event itself was very funny a
Feb 15, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing
For the first time in a long time I bought a book without a clue what I was about to read, other than I'd read the authors previous book, Only In America.

A laugh out loud book that anyone who follows a smaller lower football league club (such as myself who's club is mentioned in the book in a way which is totally believable) can relate to.
Jan 21, 2016 Mac.Hawk rated it it was amazing
There are so many books about football and I've read more than a few but this is bar far the best. A struggling team, bad debts, hopeless players & owners, die hard fans and a Premier league that couldn't give a sh*t.

Loads of smiles and some great laughs - most enjoyable book I've read for a while.
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May 05, 2016 Rachel Willoughby rated it really liked it
This is the first adult book I ever read and it was a pretty good intro. It goes from one persons life to the next showing the small little effects that one action can have on another and then another. Very clever how it all connects and follows on in sweet succession.
Mar 02, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Loved this and bought numerous copies to give to friends. Very very funny. True to life too (a manager once told me this mirrored the goings on at his club)! Only problem is it seems to be out of print and I can't get my hands on any more to give to the uninitiated.
Nov 13, 2016 AT rated it it was amazing
Lots of Belly laughs. So clever - Ingenious; just what the doctor ordered.
Aug 05, 2011 Sonya rated it really liked it
Very funny - especially if you've ever been part of a low league football / sports club
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