Lifelong Liverpool fan and novelist Anthony Quinn has crafted a uniquely revealing love letter to Jürgen Klopp. This lively read offers a personal and entertaining take on this long-awaited club triumph. A delightfully paced escape choice for those who have lost faith in the novel and are looking for an alternative. Probably the best gift for your footy family and friends this Christmas.

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KLOPP- MY LIVERPOOL ROMANCE

BY ANTHONY QUINN

187 pages

With the strangest of Premier seasons upon us and little else to provide entertainment in lockdown 'Klopp’ by Anthony Quinn, may well be the best gift for your footy family and friends this Christmas. The Den might appear to have gone seriously left field for book clubbers but this Wild Card read is a delightfully paced escape choice for those who have lost faith in the novel and are looking for an alternative. Definitely a +1 read or gift!

Who better to release a personal ‘Liverpool Romance’ about LFC manager Jürgen Klopp than the (almost) lifelong Liverpool fan and novelist Anthony Quinn. Destined to be written by Liverpool-born Quinn, the story of LFC in 2020 is undeniably special. With two wins away from winning their first league title in thirty years, as at March 2020 (and won later after the first lockdown), this story remains fascinating - ‘It’s football Jim, but not as we know it.’.

As a charming storyteller and novelist it is a rare treat, not just for Liverpool fans. Quinn’s wife, we are told, describes his Klopp interest as a ‘man crush’ and his narrative is so persuasive you can’t help agreeing that Klopp has proven himself to be ‘masterly; funny, mischievous, smart, charismatic’. The effortless wit and the ease of Quinn's light-hearted prose makes the narrative gallop apace and with its quirky interludes such personal diary entries, letters and ‘idea for a (theatre) sketch’ make it delightful and celebratory.

Klopp is held up as a motivational manager where the players get to play their best game, playing beyond their capabilities and not just to their limit, transforming ‘an ordinary player into a Klopp player’. Unlike traditional accounts Quinn uses his literary finesse and narrative devises to make this an enjoyable treat of a read.

Whilst this is an alternative Wild Card choice, Quinn’s novels provide perfect winter reads including period thrillers that are all beautifully crafted with plot twists. For a flavour consider 'Our Friends in Berlin' in our Den library or his theatrical murder mystery 'Curtain Call'.

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