It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to buying presents for friends and family.
Thats right, November.
Usually we wait until christmas eve and just do a rush job, and in my case, because of that, I end up getting the same gifts back from people that I only gave them the year before, if they haven’t already taken them back to the shop and changed them for something they actually want or could use.
Thats probably why my kids were the only ones in town who never really got excited at christmas..
So, in order to help you decide, and maybe help out a few guys who have put a lot of work into their work, I’m going to recommend some books, some books that should be on our own bookshelfs, so that if you do get them sent back, you won’t mind one little bit.
A shameless plug, without a doubt, but four books that you should read.
Before we start, it’s worth noting that each and every one of them is a labour of love. Written by Celtic supporters for Celtic supporters, although one arguably is an important work in the history of Scottish football.
That one, of course, is Tangled Up In Blue, Stephen O’Donnells unique look at the history that defined Rangers, and the reasons why it was liquidated.
You need to read this.
It puts everything we know, and more than a few things we didn’t know, into one readable narrative and will leave the reader wondering how they got away with so much for so long.
For additional information on how they got away with it for so long, add Paul Larkins Anyone but Celtic, which explains the corruption at the SFA and the idea that we perhaps weren;t paranoid enough.
Which, of course, time would prove we weren’t.
Larkins book is part of a trilogy, O’Donnell is waiting to see how the current events pan out at Ibrox before maybe embarking on a sequel, but if you read these four books, then you will kick yourself for not asking Peter Lawwell at this weeks AGM why the Resolution 12 issue should be voted down and we should all move on….
Something that combines a little light reading with some more serious food for thought is Celtic Minded 4, edited by Joe Bradley.
Reading it was like sitting in a bar talking about all things Celtic with all manner of different people. Some topics were serious, others light hearted, though the one’s that go down best are the ones where someone simply talks about how they became Celtic Minded.
As the title suggests, its the fourth in a series of, oddly enough 4.
Well, so far, anyway, as there is plenty of scope for further editions.
Finally, most who have written, or tried to write about Celtic and it’s history would tell you they struggle to find a topic that hasn’t been covered before.
So, let’s imagine a scenario instead, and do a bit of the dreaming that we all did as kids. But then, if the facts are imagined, the atmosphere cannot be, and in A Very Different Paradise, Tom Campbell, according to thoise who were around at the time, captures mid twentieth century Glasgow perfectly, and if you are willing to suspend belief for a while, you’ll catch a great work of fiction, which is virtually impossible to do when it comes to football..
As Tom explains…