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This is an alternate Cover Edition for ISBN10: 1499188471/ ISBN13: 9781499188479.In April 1981, ex-Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was interviewed by Shelley Rodhe on Granada TV. Alongside him in the studio was former Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Shankly told the audience, "Somebody said: 'Football's a matter of life and death to you.' I said, 'Listen it's more important tThis is an alternate Cover Edition for ISBN10: 1499188471/ ISBN13: 9781499188479.In April 1981, ex-Liverpool manager Bill Shankly was interviewed by Shelley Rodhe on Granada TV. Alongside him in the studio was former Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Shankly told the audience, "Somebody said: 'Football's a matter of life and death to you.' I said, 'Listen it's more important than that.'" Coldharbour Town has climbed from the lower divisions of English football, finally reaching the Premier League under the careful stewardship of local businessman, Jack Enright. After just one season, it's clear that even survival will require more cash than Enright is willing, or able to commit. Russian billionaire, Dimitri Koloschenko sees ownership of a football club as a means of establishing himself in the London social scene. Within weeks of buying a reluctant Enright out, his commitment is tested by the realities of owning a struggling football club. As Coldharbour Town fights to retain its place in the top flight, a clinical killer starts to terrorise the community. Maggie Davenport leads a police investigation that appears to flounder at every turn, the local paper; under editor Toby Thomas, revels in the story of Britain's latest serial killer and Adam Buckley is dubbed Coldharbour's saviour and the "new Gareth Bale." In a town that appears to be in terminal decline, the priority should be to catch a murderer. It is after all, a matter of life and death. But some things are more important than that....

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  • Liz
    2019-05-02 23:43

    As I'm not a football fan I was glad that football was just the backdrop for this tale. As I love a good murder this had me guessing. A Russian oligarch buys an English football team that he has no links to, a local lad becomes the star footballer and his mate starts believing he's a murderer (the mate not the footballer) when the local girls start falling like flies. With a few good twist and turns this is light but worth reading.

  • Steven Kay
    2019-05-08 03:58

    You shouldn’t expect great literature from this novel, but you might find it entertaining – particularly if you like football and enjoy a rant about the state of the modern game, don’t mind a laddish perspective on relationships, aren’t too bothered about accuracy of detail and are tolerant of cliché. Set around the fictional football club Coldharbour Town (imagine if the rise of Brighton and Hove Albion had been in Newhaven), the book opens with one of several murders of young women and follows various players in the story (some of whom have only cameos that are irrelevant to the plot – such as that of a referee at one point). The story itself, though, generally flows quite well and is quite pacey.I had a real problem with the accuracy of the research – it is quite sloppy at times. For example, the Health and Safety Executive carrying out a safety inspection at the football ground – they don’t, it is the local authority who do that, as a simple web-search would reveal. There is a police detective inspector who doesn’t know basic police procedure – no one could get on in a detective role without knowing PACE back to front. It’s like the author can’t be bothered to find out so makes their character shoulder their ignorance instead. There are also quite a few mistakes that should have been picked up at edit stage: someone is described as having a 200 kilo frame: “there was virtually no fat on his 200 kilo frame.” (That’s about 31 stone, or 440 lbs!) There is a character who accidentally changes name, punctuation issues, and the reader gets lost a few times with regard to timeline, due to an apparent reluctance to use pluperfect tenses. There is also a rather exquisite mixed metaphor that seems to have been used without any sense of irony: “fat cats feathering their own nests.”It is definitely not a book for anyone with a feminist perspective – the sexism strays beyond the casual into Benny Hill territory – it is mostly done from the perspective of rather vile characters, and is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek but it does get a bit wearing.44 other football novels reviewed at: https://stevek1889.blogspot.co.uk/201...

  • John Lee
    2019-04-28 05:04

    Somewhere I read a review of this book and it sounded interesting , but as I couldnt find an available copy , it went on my Goodreads shelf of 'Want to read'. Looking through that list recently I noticed that at 4.5 this was the highest rated book on that list. It was my wife who came across a version for me to load on to my ereader and I couldnt wait to get started - like a Premiership Team at the start of a needle match --well, not quite!The author has been very clever with the football setting. For people with no interested in the game , it isnt too intrusive being only the stage on which the story unfolds. For fans of the game, perhaps it has more meaning and the inuendoes and nuances will mean a bit more.I would have thought that the description of the sex lives of the footballers were a bit exagerated except for the recent case to hit the National headlines in the UK. Perhaps it was right after all . However, I was pleased to see that the author didnt go into too much detail.This is another case where I wish I could score a three and a half, I enjoyed the read but I felt something was missing. I felt that the character of the police characters lacked any depth and I didnt feel that I got to know them at all. The characters that I did get to know were all very stereotyped and I am afraid that most of the women merged into one.The ending was unexpected and unusual and , on balance, I liked it. I am unsure which way the pendulum will swing 3 or 4. I will sleep on it.

  • Matt Carrell
    2019-05-05 02:02

    This novel was inspired by Bill Shankly's famous quote. He was asked whether football was a matter of life and death and replied that it was more important than that. Today football matches are no longer games, they are clashes or battles, a moment of skill or good fortune can result in a sportsman being dubbed a hero and a whole nation will mourn its team's elimination from the World Cup. Billionaires stake their fortunes on a club to which they have no prior connection and players are paid in a month what an average supporter might take a lifetime to earn. Football is half sport, half theatre. A Matter of Life and Death is the story of a run down seaside town which has a Premier League football club fighting for survival and a serial killer terrorising the local community. The priority should be to catch the killer, it is after all, a matter of life and death... but some things are more important than that.

  • Matt Carrell
    2019-04-19 02:52

    This novel was inspired by Bill Shankly's famous quote. He was asked whether football was a matter of life and death and replied that it was more important than that. Today football matches are no longer games, they are clashes or battles, a moment of skill or good fortune can result in a sportsman being dubbed a hero and a whole nation will mourn its team's elimination from the World Cup. Billionaires stake their fortunes on a club to which they have no prior connection and players are paid in a month what an average supporter might take a lifetime to earn. Football is half sport, half theatre. A Matter of Life and Death is the story of a run down seaside town which has a Premier League football club fighting for survival and a serial killer terrorising the local community. The priority should be to catch the killer, it is after all, a matter of life and death... but some things are more important than that.