4 autobiographies in a row. Only just realised that was the case, so going to give them a break for a while.
28. Stalin Ate My Homework by Alexei Stalin. Wasn't quite what I expected, focused mostly on Sayle's upbringing and life growing up in Liverpool. It's a warm and nostalgic love letter to his communist parents and the city. There's no discussion of his 20s and beyond and whilst I enjoyed it, I would have liked to have a wider scope covered.
29. The Gaffer by Neil Warnock. Very much a Marmite personality. He's outspoken throughout and doesn't hold back on criticising other managers and some of the players that he used to manage. He's a passionate and engaging writer and whilst a certain amount of scepticism needs to be held onto, the tales he recounts seem grounded in some of the darker and more nefarious parts of the beautiful game.
30. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. Again, another Marmite character. I've always warmed to McConaughey and his mid-career McConnaisance (a term he reveals that he made up and fed to a journalist). He had a fairly volatile upbringing and cuts his fiery parents a lot of slack. There's a fair bit of obtuse navel-gazing at times and he has pages that talk about the wet dreams which shaped the directions of his life (yes, really). He also incudes examples of his writing, poetry, philosophical musings and mantras. I'm sure it would annoy some readers but he's a genuinely interesting and soulful character. He's brutally honest at times and whilst his early career hedonism may grate, his later transition to commitment and family life is refreshing.
31. The Accidental Footballer by Pat Nevin. Similar thoughts to @Boothjanabove. Only reservation I'd have with recommending it is that some people might think that Nevin paints himself as incessantly worthy and cultured. He comes across as being on the right side of history with his references to facing up to the discrimination of others. However, that would be mean; this approach seems utterly genuine rather than forced and fake. A footballer who was more interested in society and culture, it's a refreshing look at one of football's curios. A guy who would hang out with John Peel over a night out with the team. I'd liked to have seen more about his media career, but I'd imagine that this will have done well enough to command a follow-up.