Vanity Publishing House
Price £7.99 or nearest offer

Seldom has the publication of a book been more eagerly anticipated. For several months now, every Liverpool fan has been desperately worried about the whereabouts about the Best Fan of all Fans, the one who not only Goes the Match but also Advises Rafa on Team Selection, and who in particular Warned that Dago Knobhead about Zonal Marking: Mick Barry.

So where has Mick been? The answer is as simple as it is triumphant. Mick Barry has been writing another book. This time, it is an LFC alphabet aimed at the younger reader, or at adults who have not yet mastered the alphabet, which let’s face it includes most of us.

Mick Barry gives us unprecedented access to the very heart of the LFC machine. A typical anecdote begins: At Melwood last Tuesday morning, I was helping Steven Gerrard master the art of taking a corner so that it misses the first man, when Rafa strolled over towards me. “Hey, mate, what do you think,” he asked... It is a real eye-opener to be able to read from the man himself a first-hand account of such key strategic moments in the club’s history.

But don’t worry. This book does not waste page after page waffling on about the likes of Gerrard and Benítez. One glance at the chapter headings – A is for bArry, B is for Barry, C is for miCk, and so on – is enough to reassure us that the focus of this book remains squarely on the most important figure at the club, that promising amateur footballer whose career was tragically cut short by a knee injury sustained while taking a shortcut across an unlit building site one night after the pub.

Summary: Fantastic read, this is a must buy. I strongly recommend paying over the odds just to make sure of being able to get hold of a copy - otherwise, it's first come first served.

Reviewer: Philomena Barry (Mrs)

Sample page: At Melwood last Tuesday morning, I was helping Steven Gerrard master the art of taking a corner so that it misses the first man, when Rafa strolled over towards me. “Hey, mate, what do you think,” he asked, “you are playing at? This is private property.”

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