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Mikey Wilson's whole life has been about the moment when he steps onto Old Trafford's 'Theatre of Dreams'. But when a wayward pass from Ryan Giggs leads to the worst debut ever, his schoolboy obsession with Giggs develops into something more dangerous....

Title : Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs
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ISBN : 9781906994389
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-05-07 14:06

    enjoyed this novel about the downside of football about a footballer who fails to make the grade and his life afterwards and the dark humour as he started off in youth team with giggs

  • Paolo Nardi
    2019-05-26 15:57

  • Alan
    2019-04-29 21:20

    I really enjoyed this book, but mainly because I am a United fan (since 1963, although my dad brought me up on the Busby babes etc, so since birth really, in 1955). It is stuffed with football and United detail, matchday noises and events, games, crowds, statistics (including the worst ever Ferguson-United team, goalkeeper Massimo Taibi of course). Initially I found the story a great idea. The protagonist is one of the class-of-92 (which includes Giggs, Scholes, the 'Neville sisters' etc) who doesn't make it and blames Giggs. But it was really a well worn 'descent' story - he gets sent out on loan to Plymouth Argyle (to Plymouth fans all teams are 'dirty Northern bastards' even Exeter), doesn't make it there either and turns to alcohol and gambling, his girlfriend dumps him and he is excluded from his son's life. His father has long since absconded and his brother is sensible and turns away from his self-destructive behaviour. He becomes (even more) obsessed with United and Giggs in particular, spending a fortune on tickets and memorabilia. I also found the book's structure messy, with three separate narratives (in three different type fonts), using first, second and third person, which all culminates in the final chapter where all three persons and type faces are used, set in Moscow at the European Cup Final in 2008.So, I nearly gave it 4, the football in it made me want to, but the story was a bit circular, didn't really progress. Recommended for United fans though, and maybe football fans in general.

  • Marzena
    2019-05-13 20:55

    For every footballer who plays for the first team, there are hundreds of those who didn't make it. How do you live when you had to give up the only dream you'd had? Well, some cope, and some go nuts.The obsession the main character has fills the pages, you can nearly touch it. The writing sometimes feels like Palahniuk's at his best. Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs is a fresh novel and it's a good read, especially if you're United fan. People talk about >>ordinary supporters<<, the >>real fans<<, but we’re dumb fuckin sheep, all of us, for doing all that following, for letting ourselves believe we matter. Even if you were a >>player<<, they still keep you away. Coz over time the names change, the owners change, everything changes (not Ryan though), except that the game goes on, and it goes on with or without you. Even when your team wins something big like the title or the Champions League, the celebrations last for a few hours and then they just start selling the whole fuckin circus all over again. Nothing ever counts for long. Not the awards, not the names on the shirt. (Stop it stop it stop it.) These whores, they kiss the badge, soak up the songs, declare undying love, then next year they’re doing the same in Italy or Spain, or anywhere that’ll pay them most. These days, all you’ve got to do is look at the City line-up to see more evidence than any man could cope with. Like kids in Argentina are growing up hoping they’ll play for City! Seriously! The >>lies<< are what bother me. I can’t bear lies.

  • Andy
    2019-04-28 12:54

    What if you don't make it - not everyone can be a football superstar. Glass' novel uses Manchester United player Mike Wilson as a cypher for the all those whose dreams are dashed, all those who are chewed up and spat out by clubs, all those who aren't plain good enough and can't face facts.Mike Wilson's fate is the total opposite of United team mate Ryan Giggs, hence the title of the book. He is 'Little Giggsy' in every way!The book really evokes match-day football and Glass explores the role of the fans who can only seem important as long as they buy tickets, stump up for the TV channels and keep paying, paying, paying.And then there is the nagging undercurrent that Manchester United and the other mega-clubs are BRANDs... and you're all being screwed.There is another way of course:WREXHAM AFCFor the fans, owned by the fans, and no prawn sandwiches!

  • stefano
    2019-05-08 18:20

    La prima volta che ho preso questo libro pensavo fosse una storia vera, senza nessun motivo valido per pensarlo. Ho letto qualche pagina senza andare in wikipedia: io non mi ricordavo di Mark Wilson e non volevo rovinarmi eventuali sorprese. Poi non ce l'ho fatta, ho cercato in wiki e ho scoperto che no, non è una storia vera. Peccato.E un altro peccato è che parli del Manchester United, la squadra rossa sbagliata. Per il resto è un'ottima storia che si sviluppa su diversi livelli temporali e narrativi. Da leggere, se siete appassionati di storie di chi, per colpa o per destino, non ce l'ha fatta. Da non leggere se le continue descrizioni di calcio vi annoiano e se non ridete alla definizione di sorelle Neville riferita a Gary e Phil.

  • Steve Gillway
    2019-05-23 20:23

    This book is concerned with the darker side of sport. In the recent London 2012 olympics we could sense the relief and joy of the winners, but what about the losers, or the nearly successful. This book looks at English football and gives us a grotesque picture of somebody failing to make it and not being able to escape that failure. It is dark black comedy. The worst thing is that there is some basis of truth in it. Thousands of kids in the UK must almost but not quite get into the first team and then what do they do. It is not a book to like, but it takes into the mind and the world of a nearly premiership footballer.

  • Steven Kay
    2019-05-01 14:15

    "It is cleverly written with flashbacks to two different eras from the present (the 2007/2008 season). So it is three narrative threads in one which all come together in the end as the story is rounded off." Full review of this and other football novels at:

  • Carys
    2019-05-21 12:59

    A heartbreaking and funny story of obsession. Beautifully written in first, second and third person sections and interspersed with excerpts from internet message boards and newspapers, 'Bring me the Head of Ryan Giggs' is a book that requires some work on the part of the reader, but it's an investment that's ultimately rewarding.

  • Tongibus
    2019-05-18 18:08

    "Sarebbe un grande errore considerare questo romanzo un emulo del celebre Febbre a novanta di Nick Hornby"La mia recensione su Popoff:

  • gargravarr
    2019-05-01 15:07

    Interesting book. It looks at what happens to a player who doesn't make in the big time, and how that might affect their life in many ways. It focuses on English football, but it could be any top-level sport.

  • Mark David
    2019-05-26 15:10

    Just OK

  • Jed
    2019-05-21 17:54

    I really enjoyed this book. It combined a little fantasy with a lot of reality, resulting in an excellent read.

  • Terry
    2019-05-22 15:00

    Good fun, especially if you are a fan of the Man United 'class of 92'

  • Laura
    2019-05-23 19:10

    a fantastic read, brilliant characterisation and subject matter that is hugely relevant to modern life. REad it even if you know nothing about football, it's great.

  • David Brook
    2019-05-20 15:08

    Actually good football fiction. Without needing to understand the football references too.