Monday, February 14, 2011

Spotland: the sun also rises - reviewed

Rochdale Football Club won promotion last season for the first time in Mark Hodkinson's lifetime of supporting them. Quite rightly he's written a book about it, Spotland, the sun also rises. Well, sort of. The journey through last season takes up about half the book, but to be fair, though he gets across the euphoria of Dale being lauded for good football, then sees it all nearly come apart at the end, he doesn't draw out one of those tedious memoirs full of match day stories and personal anecdotes. Instead he chucks in a collection of various pieces he's written for the Times over the years. I like these pieces, they're thoughtful and warm and I feel he's a kindred spirit on matters of fatherhood and football. 8/10.

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