The Gentle Giant - John CharlesLondon: Stanley Paul, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed with a little loss to the head of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily spotted. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Includes: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “John Charles, at the age of 30, and after five years in Italian football, has written his story, and he writes as he has always played football — brilliantly and uncompromisingly. John Charles is much admired in this country, where he is regarded as one of the greatest all-round exponents of the game Britain has ever had. He was idolised in Italy.
He has never deliberately tried to unearth the alleged scandals of soccer, has never shown the slightest interest in any of the rough-and-tumble arguments that have had so much publicity.
He went to Italy with the title ‘The Gentle Giant’ and a record of never having been sent off, reported to the F.A. or even spoken to by the referee. He returned from Italy to Leeds United with that title enhanced, and with the same incredible record.
But in his book, The Gentle Giant pulls no punches. Here, for the first time, is the true inside story of his fabulous life in international football, and of the fantastic life of the soccer aristocrats, who lead the kind of existence reserved, in this country, for pop singers. John Charles was the pioneer in this field, and what he has to say is undoubtedly more important than the views expressed by some more recent British exports. For this is the truth about his five years in Italy.”