The Gunners 247 Book of the Month

I am Sam by James Durose-Rayner

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High-flying sports-media mogul and David Beckham doppelgänger,

Mr. Arsenal is living every football fan's dream: he's loaded, has his pick of the ladies and drives a flashy sports car. And to make his life even sweeter, he's been chosen to work on coverage for the 2014 World Cup.

Tasked with producing a short documentary, Mr. Arsenal, stumbles upon footage from Mexico 1970 and a high-profile spat between television pundit and Manchester City coach Malcolm Allison and Tottenham Hotspur player and captain Alan Mullery. On further investigation, he unearths a reference to a half-forgotten player named only as 'Sammy' and referred to as the one who was 'left behind'.

Determined to discover the man behind the name, Mr. Arsenal quickly becomes obsessed with the tragic story of this once top-flight footballer whose brilliance has been all but lost in the annals of sporting history; a player who was once one of the highest paid and most successful players in Britain: Jon Sammels.

As Mr Arsenal revisits Sammels' professional heyday in the late 1960s and early 70s, the impact on his own life is extraordinary

About The Author James Durose-Rayner

was born in Mexborough in 1964, but from 1966 to 2000 I lived in the Dearne Valley, between the villages of Bolton-upon-Dearne, Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe but moved out into North Lincolnshire in April 2000.

The photograph above (I think it is King Street) isn't too dissimilar from 14 Lansdowne Avenue on the 'Dolebacks' in Thurnscoe where I was initially brought up after my mother and father divorced. 

I am a member of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and currently work as the editor / journalist (W012078) with a specialist civil engineering magazine that deals with subterranean works such as ground engineering, mining, tunnelling, piling and pipelines. I currently live between the UK and Cyprus.

Reviews: 

"I Am Sam" by James Durose-Rayner: The Perfect Read for any Arsenal Fan

Review By Josh Sippie 

For anyone who’s ever read a novel and thought “there’s really not enough Arsenal,” or read an article on why Cheick Tiote should not be a Gunner and thought “the plotline here is really lacking,” then “I Am Sam” is the perfect read for you (and for anyone else that doesn’t fall into the previous two categories).

James Durose-Rayner, being an Arsenal fan himself, paints a beautiful story centering on the escapades of “Mr. Arsenal,” a character who’s love for Arsenal and often-questionable life choices blend together to form a protagonist that any reader will learn to love.

You Can Read The Full Review at paininthehearsenal.com