The Asterisk Years – Book Review
The Edinburgh Establishment V Celtic. by Paul Larkin.
Oh! what a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive! – Sir Walter Scott
I could not resist starting this review by quoting Sir Walter Scott, a leading light in the Scottish Enlightenment and more than likely a fully paid up member of the Edinburgh Establishment in his times.
I was delighted earlier on this year when I found out what Paul was going to be covering in this book. I’m a bit older than the author but we share so many life experiences that I’m starting to think we are the same person only with me being the Glesga version lol. After reading the book I feel vindicated, the views that I have held for many years regarding Sir David Murray and co were pretty much spot on.
The first part of the book has nothing whatsoever to do with the Edinburgh Establishment and the politics of Scottish football. However it’s a great opening in typical Larkin style. It’s a personal tale of what life is all about when you grow up in a cooncil scheme as part of social class that is pretty much abandoned by those who live in the leafy suburbs of a big City. I can verify this, I lived that life. As always with Paul’s stuff it’s great entertainment, a ‘barry’ read as they say in salt n’ sauce land. It’s also a very clever way on the authors part to give the reader a sense of perspective before they dive into the heart of the book.
It’s hard to do a review of a book you find engaging, entertaining and thought provoking with out giving away too much and maybe spoiling it for others. So what I’ve decided to do regarding the main part of the book is to tell you some of my thoughts and then leave you with a list of important questions.
The main guts of the book where the author exposes and presents evidence of a conspiracy not only to enhance the standing of Rangers (in liquidation) but also to control Scottish football and destroy Celtic is well set out. There are a series of graphs and graphics which put ‘flesh on the bones’. Another thing I liked was the inclusion of ‘QR Code’ on a couple of pages which allows readers with smartphones to access online info graphics and information. All in all it’s a wonderful read but what makes it different, what makes it stand out and most importantly why would you buy it ?
I’ll leave you with a list of questions, if you want the answers then buy the book. I think you’ll thank me for that bit of advice because I feel Paul Larkin has just opened one helluva can of worms.
- What is the SFA’s fascination with school teachers ?
- Why would it matter what school you went to ?
- Whats so special about an area in Lanarkshire ?
- Why would a bank support a business that owed over £1bn ?
- In 1994 which club was more financially stable Celtic or Rangers (in liquidation) ?
- How can a football club owe over £100m to creditors and still be supported by a bank ?
- Who is Sir Angus Grossart ?
- Who does Stewart Reagan have a cosy relationship with ?
- Why are Edinburgh Rugby, Hearts, Lloyds banking group, Edinburgh green belt land and Scotland’s chief planner all connected ?
- Finally…. What the hell has Dolly the sheep got to do with all this ?
I commend this book to the house.