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    Default Football Manager book - send us your stories!

    Hi,

    My name's Neil White, I'm the editor at BackPage Press and this summer we will be publishing 'Football Manager Stole My Life', a book celebrating 20 years of glorious obsession.

    And we need your help. Part of the book will involve your stories - not about how you won the Champions League with Fleetwood Town (nice one, though) but about how FM has broke out of the screen and into your life.

    So far we have heard about:

    - A recovering heart surgery patient who smuggled a lap top into the hospital ward, causing a medical emergency when his team scored a late equaliser in a derby match

    - A student who tracked down his favourite non-league FM legend on social media to inform him that he was destined for the EPL and international stardom

    - An FM 'intervention' when concerned flat-mates held their friend down and broke his disc after a 'lost weekend' on FM

    Whatever your story, we'd love to hear it.

    Please send your FM stories to footballmanager@backpagepress.co.uk

    Read more about the project http://www.backpagepress.co.uk/news/...stole_my_life/

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    Thank you for all the stories so far - Norway, Spain and the UK all represented.

    Keep em coming to footballmanager@backpagepress.co.uk

    All selected contributions will receive a free copy of the book. Keep in touch with the project by following @backpagepress

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    Thanks again for your stories. So far our favourites include: some borderline stalking of a favourite FM player; how FM turned a career in teaching into a life of hard labour; and a near-miss on the pools after FM predicted a weekend of results in La Liga

    Keep them coming to footballmanager@backpagepress.co.uk

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    Hi Neil,

    I mentioned about your project on my site
    http://www.fmscout.com/a-football-ma...sary-book.html
    Pinged this to our social profiles as well.

    Hopefully you'll receive plenty of suitable stories to validate for the forthcoming book
    Looking forward to the release!

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    Hi Stam,

    Thanks very much for that. Response has been very good so far. Validation? That's another matter...

    All the best,

    Neil
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    I don't have any stories to add, but I can't wait to read the finished product! Might convince my wife that I'm not the only addict...

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    Maybe this would be a good one, looks like it would fit greatly... (of course you'd need to contact the persons in question):
    http://community.sigames.com/showthr...-to-watch-them!

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    something like thanks to this game i have right now a great job?

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    Yes Javier, EXACTLY like that! Please tell us more... footballmanager@backpagepress.co.uk

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    In the Sun newspaper, Jigsaw, a reporter, stated that his wife told him she was leaving because he played too much Footy manager and did not take any notice of her. He told her she was being unprofessional and he would decide if she went or not.

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    Hahaha REALLY looking forward to this book. I've kinda fallen out of love with FM since I was in school and me and my mate used to obsess over it, but can still definitely relate to those who take it far more seriously than just a game.

    Will have a think to see of I've any stories of my own!

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    Sounds great. Any chance of a Kindle release?

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    Or simply integrate them into fm13's news feature beside transfer rumours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benrollo1 View Post
    Sounds great. Any chance of a Kindle release?
    Definitely out on Kindle, with bonus content on enhanced / iPad editions

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandhams View Post
    In the Sun newspaper, Jigsaw, a reporter, stated that his wife told him she was leaving because he played too much Footy manager and did not take any notice of her. He told her she was being unprofessional and he would decide if she went or not.
    Classic, just laughed out loud in the office (while working at the same time of course)....
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    Make it available for the US store for Kindle and I'll get it!!!

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    Never mind kindle, will it be available on the kobo vox?

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    What do you mean never mind Kindle? WTF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twellman24 View Post
    What do you mean never mind Kindle? WTF
    i mean never mind Kindle as i dont have one , i have a kobo vox so will it be available on the kobo vox?

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    Have sent you my FC Oss story

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    Any idea about a release date for this?

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    he told me August

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    A very long email sent!

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    I've never read a book from cover to cover....but this is a must!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil BackPage View Post
    Hi,

    My name's Neil White, I'm the editor at BackPage Press and this summer we will be publishing 'Football Manager Stole My Life', a book celebrating 20 years of glorious obsession.

    And we need your help. Part of the book will involve your stories - not about how you won the Champions League with Fleetwood Town (nice one, though) but about how FM has broke out of the screen and into your life.

    So far we have heard about:

    - A recovering heart surgery patient who smuggled a lap top into the hospital ward, causing a medical emergency when his team scored a late equaliser in a derby match

    - A student who tracked down his favourite non-league FM legend on social media to inform him that he was destined for the EPL and international stardom

    - An FM 'intervention' when concerned flat-mates held their friend down and broke his disc after a 'lost weekend' on FM

    Whatever your story, we'd love to hear it.

    Please send your FM stories to footballmanager@backpagepress.co.uk

    Read more about the project http://www.backpagepress.co.uk/news/...stole_my_life/
    When is this book going to be published and will it be available in Australia

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    He said I will have my copy in August and I will be in Australia at that time.

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    Almost all of the information is placed in the article. It is a good feature.

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    hey, i've got a problem, i bought football manager 2009 but once i'm almost done installing it and i activate the code online it says that he couldn't stablish internet connection to validate the code. what sould I do ?

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    It will be released on 10 August 2012 according to AmazonUK.

    I have seen tweets, stating August release date too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil BackPage View Post
    Hi,

    My name's Neil White, I'm the editor at BackPage Press and this summer we will be publishing 'Football Manager Stole My Life', a book celebrating 20 years of glorious obsession.

    And we need your help. Part of the book will involve your stories - not about how you won the Champions League with Fleetwood Town (nice one, though) but about how FM has broke out of the screen and into your life.

    So far we have heard about:

    - A recovering heart surgery patient who smuggled a lap top into the hospital ward, causing a medical emergency when his team scored a late equaliser in a derby match

    - A student who tracked down his favourite non-league FM legend on social media to inform him that he was destined for the EPL and international stardom

    - An FM 'intervention' when concerned flat-mates held their friend down and broke his disc after a 'lost weekend' on FM

    Whatever your story, we'd love to hear it.

    Please send your FM stories to footballmanager@backpagepress.co.uk

    Read more about the project http://www.backpagepress.co.uk/news/...stole_my_life/
    Will this be sold in Australia

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    Will this be sold in bookstores? I go on holiday 2 days later. This will be ideal

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamshankley View Post
    Will this be sold in bookstores? I go on holiday 2 days later. This will be ideal
    Waterstones have the publication date down as 10/08/2012. Looks like they will be selling it:

    http://www.waterstones.com/waterston...+life/9238970/

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    according to Amazon, my pre-order copy is already dispatched and should be with me today ! Early release ?

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    Will this be coming to the kindle?

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    wow, got my copy from Amazon on Saturday, great work guys, however Amazon now say its not released until 10/08 ? Had Amazon jumped the gun in releasing it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melroseby View Post
    wow, got my copy from Amazon on Saturday, great work guys, however Amazon now say its not released until 10/08 ? Had Amazon jumped the gun in releasing it ?
    10/8 was always the scheduled release date as far as I'm aware but a few people, myself included, have had emails from Amazon saying it's been sent and you have gone one better and received yours!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rooneymagic88 View Post
    10/8 was always the scheduled release date as far as I'm aware but a few people, myself included, have had emails from Amazon saying it's been sent and you have gone one better and received yours!!
    Hmm, I must just be the unlucky one. My Amazon pre-order still says 'Not yet dispatched'

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    he posted mine to me yesterday I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil BackPage View Post
    Definitely out on Kindle, with bonus content on enhanced / iPad editions
    Quote Originally Posted by gechal View Post
    Will this be coming to the kindle?
    I reckon so.. :P

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    Arrived! great work lads! Lots, lots of fun.
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    Honestly, is this thing available ANYWHERE? Even Amazon.co.uk is telling you they will take 9 to 14 days to dispatch. I ordered the book last Wednesday on Amazon.de - a market place dealer based in Germany claimed to have it in stock - as of now, it still hasn't even shipped though.

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    Ordered it Thursday from a Danish website, received it Saturday.

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    Ordered my copy from AmazonUK yesterday and it just dispatched.

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    ordered a kindle for tomorrow so asap it comes I will be buying it

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    will this book ever be on the iBooks app store on the iPad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC Adelaide View Post
    will this book ever be on the iBooks app store on the iPad?
    download the kindle app for ipad and get the kindle version

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    Bummer, can't buy it from the US for the Kindle. I was gonna buy it.

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    Got mine today... is it bad that I haven't moved from my chair all afternoon, haven't eaten or used the toilet etc because I'm glued to the book? :P

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    Mine arrived today, looks awesome! Can't wait to get stuck in tonight.

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    Did anybody get the book "early" from Amazon.co.uk despite the aparent delivery delays of up to 11 days? I'm thinking about canceling my deal. Really, I ordered this last Tuesday when my shop of choice claimed to have it "in stock", got no update whatsoever so far, got no E-Mail reply on any of my questions for this week, nothing. If anybody knows how to get one of these to Germany as quickly as possible, you're welcome. I was hoping to have something to read by this weekend - as I ordered my book on Tuesday the 7th when it was claimed to be "in stock", not an unrealistic thing to look forward to. Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svenc View Post
    Did anybody get the book "early" from Amazon.co.uk despite the aparent delivery delays of up to 11 days? I'm thinking about canceling my deal. Really, I ordered this last Tuesday when my shop of choice claimed to have it "in stock", got no update whatsoever so far, got no E-Mail reply on any of my questions for this week, nothing. If anybody knows how to get one of these to Germany as quickly as possible, you're welcome. I was hoping to have something to read by this weekend - as I ordered my book on Tuesday the 7th when it was claimed to be "in stock", not an unrealistic thing to look forward to. Meh.
    I ordered mine Sunday and it came yesterday (Wed) from the the book depository on AmazonUK. If you want to try them.

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    I have no life (work - home -work - home), so I don't have any big stories (appart from having FM installed in my PC at work too), but the project seems very interesting and I can't wait to read it when finished. Cheers!

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    Very disappointed with this book!

    I have finished it and now I have to get on with life, very good book (a few mistakes grammar and spelling wise) it made me reminisce about all my old saves and lots of stars that weren't mentioned in the book.

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    Haha, just noticed my contribution made it in the book - quite surprised as it wasn't any die hard story of divorce, pilgrimage to see my favourite FM team or anything like that

    (Spotted a few typos as well, but very interesting read so far)

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    Got mine in Sydney today, thanks alot Neil. My story came out really well, top stuff.

    The only typos and grammer mistakes I have seen have been in peoples posts, they are obviously a copy and paste as they are direct quotes from a written text but have not looked too deeply into it. Cracker of a read

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    Factual error: On the pic on page one hundred ninety-something, that is not Holger Badstuber next to Mats Hummels, it is Toni Kroos. Apart from that, it was really interesting to see how much management games in general and FM in particular have spread around the world of real-life football. In particular coming from Germany, where FM isn't being published anymore, has very little media exposure and an unbelievably small player base considering the popularity of the sports around the country, the widespread success of the game in all of Europe and the popularity and recognition of the brand like everywhere.

    About the spelling errors and typos, I think they were left in on purpose. The same as with some fairly unremarkable fan stories - they might be down to earth, but you can relate to them - and they provide the realistic backdrop to the few truly extraordinary tales told. SPOILER: The student going to Seville only to end up being employed by the club based on FM knowledge and no Spanish skills whatsoever was insane. :-D
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    Neil, where can I buy it on the high street?

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    just bought it on iBooks ios looking forward to reading it.

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    Got mine yesterday and started reading. Now I'm really in trouble waiting for the holidays starting next Thursday. The book was supposed to make these even more enjoyable. But the first pages got me hooked already and I really wonder if the book can last until then :-/

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