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Friday 6 January 2012

Book of the Month – When Friday Comes: Football in the War Zone by James Montague – Chapter Two – Iran

    Iran, a much misunderstood lone wolf on the world’s stage, is the subject of the second chapter of this enthralling read.

    An ancient and beautiful culture, a changing society exemplary of the difficulty a nation can have when the ways of the past are outpaced by the needs of the present and the pressures of the future.

    A pre-World Cup friendly with Costa Rica, a surreal protest, five minutes of television celebrity as a Westerner in a foreign land turned expert on his hosts fortunes, a mysterious fixer, some peculiar party inclinations, the night-time entertainment of a borderless game, inching hijabs, a legend in a compromising position, and golf in the Middle East.

    The way Mr. Montague brings together the history, a socio-political lecture, and the events of his story is truly a marvelous, interwoven conversation on some of the more complex situations a travelling journalist could encounter.

    It’s difficult to do justice to the entertaining and informative nature of each chapter without giving too much away.

    Needless to say, pick up a copy, you will not be disappointed.

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