A Journey With Celtic Bampots.
By Paul Larkin.
There are now four truths in life, birth, death, taxes and Paul Larkin’s books keep getting better.
Book opens with contributions from Graham Wilson of Beyond The Waves and hammer of the succulent lamb brigade Phil Mac Giolla Bhain .No too shabby I’m sure you’ll agree.
The first chapter is an explosive behind the scenes look at how the entire refereeing fraternity at all levels work. All I can say is you were not paranoid.
Then we come to ‘The Ride’, A tale that s punctuated by the next chapter on the rise of the pod cast where Paul interviews Chris McGuigan of The Lost Bhoys then moves on to describe returning to Scotland and being introduced to The Green Brigade and unfortunately The Famine Song. Paul coins a phrase that I think many of us have formed over the years ‘only thing worse than a Rangers fan is a Rangers fan’.
One of the best things about the book is that the continuation of the ride story runs through the book punctuated by chapters on the rise of Social media brining the Celtic support closer together. There are sections on Graham Wilson and Beyond the waves and a generous piece on The Celtic Network and our part of trying to bring the best of Celtic media together in the one place. He has also been kind enough to give North Milton’s finest Steph “chibchenco” and the rise of #TeamSamaras. Basically the birth of the ‘Internet Bampots’.
As the book continues ‘the ride’ intertwines with stories with of Celtic games, social media, and Paul’s sometimes desperation just to come home to Scotland. I personally found the full story of ‘the ride’ quite shocking and an eye opener on a country that says it’s a free and open society. I could write more on that but it would spoil the book for people yet to read it. Consequently due to that and some other stuff Paul tells us about living on the other side of the pond It is no surprise to me that he is now home.
This is Paul’s best book to date due to the wealth and diversity of material provided throughout the book. Once again he has shown more maturity and slickness in his writing. He is a natural story teller up there with many more famous Authors. I’ve said it before he is absolutely brilliant at drawing you into the world of Paul Larkin and that is down to his honesty and willingness to reflect on his own misdeeds. He also draws you into the world of the ordinary Celtic supporter and the trials, joys and tribulations that come with it.
Once you start reading By Any Means Necessary you’ll find it hard to put it down. It’s a compelling read from start to finish and if You have Guy’s Like Phil and Graham opening up the book for you then you are doing something right and in my humble opinion Paul is doing plenty right.
Again I congratulate Paul on a great book and I urge you all to buy it in one format or another. You won’t regret it.