Search for your sports books:

Featured Publisher: John Blake
Apart form its current publications, John Blake Publishing has a sizeable back list of acclaimed sporting titles. These include biographies of stars such as Roger Federer, WG Grace, Fernando Torres and Frankie Dettori. For more information, visit www.blake.co.uk



Read Review
<back to archive

Richer Than God By David Conn

Release date: 07th June, 2012
Publisher: Quercus Publishing

List Price: £16.99
Our Price: £11.89
You Save: £5.1 (30%)
Buy Now

Steve Sanders reviews:

When Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany finally lifted the Premier League trophy, it signified the end of a 44-year barren spell since City last won the league title. But the moment also marked the fulfilment of a billionaire Arab's quest to take over a football club and turn them into the best team in the land.

The intervening years, sandwiched between the halcyon days of Maine Road heroes Bell, Lee and Summerbee and the epic drama of Sergio Aguero's late winner at the Etihad Stadium, were fraught with moments referred to by long-suffering fans as 'Typical City'. From the disastrous return of Malcolm Allison as manager to the second coming of Francis Lee as a director and the embarrassingly open-armed welcome to former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Manchester City's history has been littered with false dawns.

Indeed, City's continued association with the tragicomic and their long-standing blight of living in the shadow of such illustrious neighbours made them an intriguing story even before the riches of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour made them the world's wealthiest football club.

Sports writer David Conn, a Manchester City fan since the early seventies, is well placed to write about the club's new-found fiscal security. He does so by alternating between insights into how City now operate as a business and his own emotional experiences as an embattled supporter.

Ever the intrepid reporter (the author is considered an 'international enemy of Leeds United' by their chairman Ken Bates for his foraging into the club's ownership), Conn gives his audience a rare glimpse of the human side of the Arab takeover through interviews with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Director of Football Brian Marwood.

Even more engaging is the way in which Conn speaks of his early days as a fan on Maine Road's bleak terraces and his battle to remain passionate in his support for his club during a more money-conscious age.

Conn's fervour and dedication to football comes over expressively throughout, making 'Richer Than God' an honest and moving account of his relationship with the game. The book spans the evolution of a football club and the sport itself over 40 years. Importantly, it showcases Conn's talents as one of the nation's leading football writers and, thanks to Manchester City's last-gasp title win, it even has a happy ending.


<back to archive


Toolstation


SBOTM Current Top 10

When Lions Roared: The Lions, the All Blacks and the legendary tour of 1971 By Tom English & Peter Burns
Arena Sport
Read Review Buy Now
The Captain Class: The Hidden Force Behind the World’s Greatest Teams By Sam Walker
Ebury Press
Read Review Buy Now
The Hardmen: Legends of the Cycling Gods By Frank Strack
Pursuit Books
Read Review Buy Now
The Greatest Comeback: From Genocide to Football Glory By David Bolchover
Biteback
Read Review Buy Now
Bunce’s Big Fat Short History of British Boxing By Steve Bunce
Bantam
Read Review Buy Now
Tom Simpson: Bird On A Wire By Andy McGrath
Bloomsbury Sport
Read Review Buy Now
The Love of the Game: The Agonies and Ecstasies of Parenting and Sport By Mark Chapman
W & N
Read Review Buy Now
But Seriously An Autobiography By John McEnroe
W & N
Read Review Buy Now
The Descent By Thomas Dekker
Ebury Press
Read Review Buy Now
We Are Sunday League By Ewan Flynn
Pitch Publishing
Read Review Buy Now

Amazon’s top 6 best-sellers

© Sharks Media Ltd 2004 – 2012. Site designed and maintained by Marcus Hamblett for Furydesign.