Our latest book of the month, Peter Crouch’s How To Be A Footballer (Ebury Press, £8.99), scored a clear win with Mirror Book Club members.

The former England striker and national treasure took us on a tour behind the scenes of the beautiful game, introducing us to pampered players with far more money than sense, and poked affectionate fun at their bizarre antics and irrational extravagances.

“I read this in record time – I couldn’t put it down!” said Jacinta Rissley. “And I didn’t want my husband to snaffle it either… I really enjoyed it.”

“It was excellent,” agreed Alan Bond. “Very funny book and much more so than I expected.”

“Great book and really funny,” said Ronald Gray.

And according to Ian Sparham: “This was the most fun footballer autobiography I’ve ever read.

“The topics were so much more interesting than the usual ‘and then I joined Spurs’ approach. Top read!”

Join the Mirror Book Club Facebook group and tell us whether you agree!

Our next Mirror Book Club read is...

Peter Crouch’s How To Be A Footballer and Someone Like Me by MR Carey

Someone Like Me, by MR Carey

Orbit, £8.99

The latest novel from the author of The Girl With All The Gifts begins with divorced mother-of-two Liz arguing with ex-husband Marc when he brings the children home late. Marc attacks Liz and looks set to choke her to death until the usually meek Liz breaks a bottle and plunges it into his head.

Marc is arrested and charged with assault but he’s determined to get his revenge.

However, Liz is more concerned about the alien presence that seems to be taking over whenever she is in danger. Someone Like Me offers all makes for an outstanding blend of realistic drama and spooky thrills.

We’d love you to give it a read and let the Mirror Book Club know whether you enjoy it. We’ll print your feedback on these pages on January 24.

You can also share your thoughts in the Mirror Book Club or by post.

We have 25 copies of Someone Like Me to give away.

For a chance to win, simply ‘like’ the post announcing the giveaway in our Facebook group, or send your name and address to the address above right, marked Mirror Book Club Giveaway/Footballer, by January 2.

A Midwinter Promise by Lulu Taylor and An Island Christmas by Jenny Colgan

An Island Christmas, by Jenny Colgan

Sphere, £7.99

People on the Scottish island of Mure are preparing for Christmas amid heartbreak and joy. Cafe owner Flora has discovered she’s pregnant with her ex-boss’s baby and isn’t sure how he’ll react.

Meanwhile, Syrian doctor Saif is planning his first Scottish Christmas with his two sons, while hotelier Colton fears this Christmas will be his last.

The fourth of Colgan’s much-loved series is a delight from start to finish.


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A Midwinter Promise, by Lulu Taylor

Pan, £7.99

Julia has always adored her family home Tawray, though her childhood was marred by her mother’s struggle to have more children. After a wild few years in London, Julia returns to Tawray with husband David. Despite their happiness, the anguish of her youth returns, with tragic consequences.

This heartrending novel switches between the past and the present as Julia’s two grown-up kids seek to understand their mother’s torment.