Still Talking Blue: A Collection of Candid Interviews with Everton Heroes

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Random House, Apr 13, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages

Do you still curse yourself over the day you met your hero; when instead of asking him the one question that's been nagging you for years, you couldn't utter a word because you were suddenly (and uncharacteristically) struck dumb? Well, curse no more. Still Talking Blue is a unique collection of interviews that will answer everything you wanted to know about your Everton heroes and with none of the unnecessary waffle - because it only asks the relevant questions, as submitted by the fans.

Collated via the Internet, disenfranchised Evertonions scattered across the globe proudly display their astounding recall of bygone events and trivia. From Iceland to South Africa, Australia to Israel, long-suffering Bluenoses are finally given the opportunity to ask questions of their heroes and they do so with panache.

The book contains in-depth interviews spanning the decades from the '50s, when shorts were long and Dave Hickson's quiff was the envy of Hollywood, right through to Dave Watson's final days at the club. Join us as we endeavour to track down John Bailey's 'big hat' and Gordon West's handbag, and move seamlessly on to more pressing topics such as Kevin Ratcliffe's biggest regret, Mick Lyon's worst injury and Alan Harper's favourite goal.

So, if you lie awake at night wondering just what went wrong in the '68 Cup Final, whether Jimmy Gabriel still has his white trench coat, if Barry Horne really does like The Cocteau Twins or how Dave Hickson has managed to hang on to his hair, then unfurrow your brow because the answers all lie within these pages.

No Evertonion should be expected to survive without this book.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
THEY ASKED THE QUESTIONS
JOHN BAILEY
JIMMY GABRIEL
ALAN HARPER
DAVE HICKSON
MARK HIGGINS
BARRY HORNE
BOB LATCHFORD
MIKE LYONS
KEVIN RATCLIFFE
TREVOR STEVEN
DAVE WATSON
GORDON WEST
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About the author (2012)

Becky Tallentire is a freelance journalist, sports writer and lifelong Evertonian based in Southport - the Las Vegas of the North. She is the author of the bestselling Talking Blue and co-author of Holy Trinity: Kendall Harvey and Ball in aid of Blueblood - the Everton Former Players Association.

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