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‭There's only two David Beckhams Ever wasted hours debating your ‘All Time England XI’ Well now it’s 2022 and the discussion is finally over England have eleven players as good as any of them The unbeatable national team have reached the final of the atar World Cup But one journalist is convinced there is a scandalous secret behind England’s incredible form His lifetime’s dream is to see the Three Lions win the World Cup But if he pursues and exposes the shocking truth his beloved England could be sent home in disgraceSuddenly this is much than England vs Germany; it’s Love vs Duty it’s Truth vs Happiness The pressure of the penalty shoot out is nothing compared to this There’s Only Two David Beckhams is John O’Farrell’s love letter to football; part detective story part sports memoir part satire on the whole corrupt FIFA circus; it just made the final for the funniest football fiction ever written hilarious in a weird way This book is genius and I wish I had written it More pace than Gareth Bale on the wing and almost as skilfully constructed The author is obliged to take some gambles with the names of those who will feature in football's future between now and 2022 and with only one exception overtaken by real life events of eual farce I reckon he's guessing correctly Anyway it's a superb premise Read it if you like football Definitely read it if you like fantasy football Read it and feel nostalgic if you're old enough to remember 1966 Buy it for someone else if any of the previous is applicableAnd I do hope someone grabs the film rights David Beckham would be pretty easily persuaded to appear and Guy Ritchie could have fun directingThis is almost certainly going to be one of my Top Ten books for the year Did I say I wish I'd written the damn thing? Buy it I was having a conversation with a couple of friends recently about books and one of them asked me to recommend something light and funny To my surprise I found that I really couldn't; it's been such a long time since I read something like that and enjoyed it The last time I attempted something along those lines I ended up reading Nick Spalding's Fat Chance which was without uestion one of the worst novels I've ever bothered to finishWhen I spotted John O'Farrell's There's Only Two David Beckhams in the Inverness branch of Waterstones while I was away this weekend however I remembered how much I enjoyed some of his other novels and thought this might also be entertaining Plus I'm starting to get excited about Euro 16 now we've had a wallchart up in our house for a week already and I've booked the day off work for our game against Wales and this is a book about the England football team More specifically it's about an England football team of the future that might just might be good enough to win the 2022 World CupWhen a relatively mediocre sports writer like as his opposite number on another newspaper observes 'a fan with a laptop' than a journalist discovers something about the team that could be the biggest scoop of his life he's torn Alfie could reveal the team's incredible secret and break the football story of the century but that would mean they're disualified from the tournament on the eve of the final As an England fan can he bring himself to scupper their chances?The plot is essentially an absurd fantasy so you do certainly need to suspend your disbelief for this one but this didn't stop me from getting a lot of enjoyment from this book and I laughed out loud many times It's daft yes but it's also observant and touching particularly when it comes to the role of football in Alfie's relationship with his son Tom While there is to the story than football however I certainly think it's fair to say that you probably need as I do to like football a lot to get the most from this book as a lot of the funniest jokes rely on you having some degree of football knowledge and a love for the game It's smartly written and does a fantastic job of capturing the ups and downs mostly downs let's face it of following the England teamMy only real gripe is that Alfie's world seems to be one in which only men like football His former partner leaves him partly over his devotion to the game his flatmate dumps his girlfriend because she whines about having to watch a game at the pub etc etc I appreciate that this is largely a book about men and male relationships which is fine and O'Farrell does this very well but it's possible to explore that without the women being either long suffering sensible types who think liking football is childish or whinging girlfriends who can't put up with 90 minutes of the national team on television once in a while In fairness this was a very small element of the book but it was sufficiently noticeable for me as a woman who likes football and is every bit as unambitious and easily distracted as Alfie too; I can never identify with the smartly decisive women who always seem to be being brisk and capable in books like this to be a little gratingThis is only a tiny issue though Overall There's Only Two David Beckhams is a light easy feelgood read It's extremely funny and has plenty of pace; it really did keep me turning the pages John O'Farrell is a clever observant writer and this is the perfect warm up read before Euro 16 kicks off I have no interest in football or understand the appeal and yet something attracted me to this book I'm glad it did Hysterically funny nose tappingly knowing and brilliantly observed even if I don't uite get ALL the references it's a very silly story that you can't help but get wrapped up in

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • ‭There's only two David Beckhams
  • John OFarrell
  • 15 November 2015
  • 9781784161392

About the Author: John OFarrell

John O'Farrell is the author of four novels The Man Who Forgot His Wife May Contain Nuts This Is Your Life and The Best a Man Can Get His novels have been translated into over twenty languages and have been adapted for radio and television He has also written two best selling history books An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain as well a


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