Hot off the Press…

I seem to have gone review crazy this month – well, I’ve had some time to read during the great water/snow/gale crisis so I’ve been unable to do much writing and this is the result.  Also, to show that with the demise/evolution of IEBR there is still life in the old reviewer yet.  Things will settle down to a more regular pattern in February but with a group of other avid writer/readers you can guarantee that you won’t get withdrawal symptoms when IEBR closes its doors on 21st Feb.  

Today, hot off the press is a review I wrote in anticipation of the publication of Mark Frankland’s latest offering:  

King Kenny’s Revolution. 

kennyYou say you want a revolution? Mark Frankland’s latest football story set in Liverpool may be just what you’ve been looking for.

I’ve read most of Mark’s football stories/novellas/novels (the man does have a passion for Liverpool FC unmatched among writers and greater than Nick Hornby for Arsenal) In fact maybe t’North should reclaim Mark as ‘our Nick Hornby’ Though apparently Nick brought football to the middle classes. In King Kenny’s Revolution I think that Frankland makes the case for football for the working classes (as well!) in this short but passionate story which makes the case for a revolution in the way football clubs are ‘owned’ and ‘managed.’

Historically of course professional football started with industrialisation. Mid to late 19th century urban workers were given (luxury of luxuries) a half day on a Saturday.  Professional football started as a way of giving them something to do (and spend their money on) so that they’d avoid the drink!  If you were an urban worker in mid to late 19th century Britain you worked all week, went to the footie on a Saturday and church most of the day Sunday. No time to idle around in them days!  No time (or money) for retail therapy.  In checking my ‘facts’ for this review I was amazed to discover that Liverpool FC was originally part of Everton. The impact of the split in 1892 which brought Liverpool into being must have been every bit as important to the ‘fans’ as the religious ‘Disruption’ some years earlier in Scottish Church history and indeed it turns out that from the very inception of Liverpool FC there’s a lot of interesting ‘ownership’ issues. The history of the club is inextricably linked with social history.

But enough of history.

In short, here’s what I can tell you about King Kenny’s Revolution of which I’ve been privileged to have a pre-publication read.

If you’re a Liverpool fan you’ll cheer.

If you’re a football fan at all, it’ll make you think twice about the price of tickets.

If you’re an ‘average’ wage earner things will start adding up at last.

If you’re a banker it’ll give you nightmares.

Because this clever little story is so fanciful and yet so plausible at the same time. It’s a dream, a wish fulfilment if you like  BUT if you get into the nitty gritty and crunch the numbers and look at the possibilities you can see not only that it could happen but that maybe it should happen.  I personally think that several Scottish football clubs could employ Mark Frankland to sort out their finances for them.  Mark shows a way that Liverpool FC could achieve something that Rangers FC haven’t managed – simply by looking at the club ‘ownership’ issue from a diametrically opposed view.  Instead of exploiting the little man as ‘shareholder’ his story suggests a whole new way in which fans can take ‘ownership’ and stick one in the eye to the bankers and big corporations too. What’s not to love?

Typically for Frankland, his story takes hold of you so fast that you are sucked into the ‘themes’ or the ‘angle’ of his socio-political stance. He makes you believe and that’s no bad thing in this modern world! And does it through a simple, story with real characters living ordinary lives – something that certainly anyone with an interest in football can relate to and enjoy.  And I reckon anyone with a dislike of the current global corporation version of capitalism too!

I feel I should also add that the worst script I ever read in my time reading scripts for Channel 4 (halcyon days!) was about golf.  I have steered clear of anything written about golf ever since, though late in life I’ve become something of a golf fan (watching not playing). And so it surprised and pleased me to find that the golf sections of Frankland’s book were well written, funny and as compelling as everything else he writes. So it is possible to write a good story with golf in it!  I no longer need to squirm at the thought of ‘The Back Nine.’

In conclusion – with a final Beatles title in mind: Imagine this – Mark Frankland may be a dreamer, but he’s not the only one. This fantasy COULD become reality. It just needs a few million people to come on board.  Why not invest in the ebook as a first revolutionary step?  It could give you an insight into more than the world of Liverpool FC!

You can get your hands on this little gem from Amazon in Kindle formatminiamazon




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One Response to Hot off the Press…

  1. Reblogged this on indie e-book review and commented:

    Editorial responsibilities may be thrown off, but you can’t stop me reviewing it seems!

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