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Colin Shindler



Colin Shindler is a leading TV writer and producer. He was responsible for the series Lovejoyand Madson, as well as the film Busterand won a BAFTA for his production of A Little Princess. His first book, MANCHESTER UNITED RUINED MY LIFE, was a big bestseller and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize; and his second, FATHERS, SONS AND FOOTBALL, also hit the bestseller list. He is the author of two novels.
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High on a Cliff

Colin Shindler
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When Angela Warren was killed in a car crash at the age of 23, her widowed husband Ralph single-handedly raised their son, Danny, clinging to him as a precious reminder of his dead wife. The relationship between father and son was a special one, and the memory of Angela was ever present. But Danny desperately wanted someone to fill the hole in his father's life that Angela's death had so clearly created. He didn't, however, want it to be filled by Helen.

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First Love, Second Chance

Colin Shindler
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Eighteen years ago, Tom Johnson returned to California from Oxford and broke Julia's heart. Mike Ramsey picked up the pieces, but a family tragedy has left their marriage slowly disintegrating to the point where they can hardly bear to touch one another. Mike takes refuge on the golf course with their teenage son; Julia in fantasises of her lost lover. Then she learns that Tom is divorced and still thinking about her, and an old friend gives her Tom's card. A work trip to San Francisco will take her just 50 miles from his vineyard in the Napa Valley, but should she risk the consequences of seeking him out?

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George Best and 21 Others

Colin Shindler
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In the spring of 1964 more than 50,000 people turned out to watch the two-legged semi-final of the FA Youth Cup between Manchester City and Manchester United. It was a time of great hope and excitement: a new era was to be ushered in, with the virtues of youth personified in the Beatles and Harold Wilson - and in the teams that played. But what happened next? For some, like George Best, it was the start of a golden era of success; but for others it was the highlight of a career that never happened. In Shindler's compelling third book of his Manchester trilogy, he captures an era of high expectation, talking to many who played in or watched these famous games; but he also movingly portrays what went wrong for others.

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Fathers, Sons and Football

Colin Shindler
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Manchester United Ruined My Life

Colin Shindler
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Colin Shindler was dealt a cruel hand by Fate when he became a passionate Manchester City supporter. In this brilliant sporting autobiography he recalls the great characters of his youth, like his eccentric Uncle Laurence, as well as his professional heroes. Threaded through these sporting events is the author's own story, which touches on a universal nerve, growing up in a Jewish family, his childhodd destroyed by the sudden death of his mother and his slow emotional recovery through his love for Manchester City. It is a tale that reveals what it is like to be on the outside looking in, with his nose pressed up against the sweet shop window watching the United supporters take all the wine gums.

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Manchester City Ruined My Life

Colin Shindler
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Colin Shindler has previously written of his deep love for Manchester City in the bestselling Manchester United Ruined My Life and three other previous books. Now he tells the story of his sorrowful disenchantment with his home town club as, on the instruction of its new foreign owners, it turns itself remorselessly into a global brand. Trophyless since 1976, in 2011 Manchester City won the FA Cup and set off on their quest for the Premiership and the Champions League. In their zeal to win every competition the new Manchester City has spent money with wild abandon, signing outstandingly talented players as well as a few ordinary ones but in almost every case at hugely inflated prices. From the nail-biting win over Gillingham in the League Two Play Off final at Wembley in 1999 to the climax of the 2011 season, Shindler watches his team get steadily more successful and, to his own bewilderment, feels steadily more alienated from it. This is the story of a frustrated romantic who finds in the glitz and glamour of the current media-obsessed game a helter-skelter of artificially fabricated excitement. As he details how football courses through his veins Shindler tells how it intersects with his own life, a life that has been marked by family tragedy, and how he finally found personal redemption even as his team lost its soul.