The Honesty In Living On The Volcano Suggests That In An Era Of Anodyne Press Conferences Where So Many Managers Speak A Lot While Saying Little, Giving Fans An Occasional Glimpse Of These Feelings Might Be No Bad Thing The Guardian An Illuminating New Bookvivid Journey On What It Is Really Is To Be A Football Manager Independent Arguably The Greatest Asset Of Michael Calvin S Previous, Award Winning Book The Nowhere Men Was Its Human Insight Into A Shadowy, Under Appreciated World The Trials And Tribulations Of Scouting Were Vividly Portrayed Through Interviews With Figures Unaccustomed To The Limelight What Living On The Volcano Does So Brilliantly, Is Pick Up The Recurring Threads The Band Of Brothers Mentality That Emerges Is Built On A Mutual World Of Uncertainty, Frustration, And Recurrent Rejection And Renewal Each Chapter Is Cleverly Connected To The Next To Reflect The Fluid Nature Of The Managerial Merry Go Round As A Series Of Individual Portraits, Living On The Volcano May Seem Like A Book To Dip In And Out Of However, In Doing So, There S A Danger Of Missing The Power Of The Overall Narrative Bookended By Former Torquay Manager Martin Ling S Emotional Story, This Is A Book About People And What It Takes To Do Their Intoxicating And Exhausting Job Just As With The Nowhere Men, Calvin Gets To The Personal Core Of An Impersonal Industry Of Pitch And Page Brilliant Stuff FourFourTwo Magazine An Eye Raising Insight Into The Realities Of Life In The Dugout The Times Calvin S Book Takes Us Into Many Enthralling Areas It Is Especially Strong On The Nuts And Bolts Of Ambition And How Ambition Often Sits Uneasily Alongside Dreams Superb Irish Examiner A Remarkable Insight Into The Often Hopelessly Neurotic World Of Those In Charge Of A Professional Football Dressing Room The Book Conveys A Fragile Side Of Management Most Often Kept Obscured Its Real Beauty Is That It Deals With People, Not Caricatures Irish Independent The Narrative Of Ling S Decline Forms A Vivid Part Of The Superb New Book Which Seeks To Understand, Like Never Before, The Interior Mind And Challenges Of A Football Manager Mike Calvin S Living On The Volcano Reaches Way Beyond The Standard Press Conference Propaganda Independent A Remarkable Insight Into What Makes These Men Football Managers Tick, Or In Some Cases, Tic Stress, Insomnia, Paranoia, Depression With A Dash Of Ego, A Dollop Of Insecurity And There You Have It One Volatile Cocktail Calvin Is An Exquisite Writer But He Is Also A Proper Journalist If A Manager Wants To Keep Talking, Thus Revealing Farthan He Perhaps Intended, Calvin Sits Back And Allow The Dictaphone To Take The Strain Then Lets The Quotes Run Sports Journalist Association I Am Quite Sure That Football Fans Would Bepatient And Have A Better Understanding Of The Problems And Pressures That Managers Face Every Day If They Took The Time To Read Mike Calvin S Fascinating And Illuminating New Book BFC Talk The Book S Greatest Achievement Is In Making Managers Look Human People Just Like You, Your Father, Your Son Or Your Husband It Is A Melancholy Book, About The Death Of Dreams And Idealism But It Is Also Uplifting, Because It Shows How Difficult It Is To Extinguish A Fiery Spirit When Saturday Comes Revealing And Enjoyable A Memorable Book Sunday Express A Book You Need To Read If You Want To Understand Football Soccer Issue For Any Football Fan With The Belief That Football Isn T Quite As Simple As The Average Fan On The Street Believes This Is A Fascinating Read, And If Your Football Role Is On The Other Side Of The Touchline Or On The Training Pitch, This Book Gives An Insight Rarely Available Each Game As It Comes The Brilliance Of Calvin S Book Is To Reveal That Managers, Whether Vilified Or Revered, Have A Vulnerable Side They Might Have A Particularly Thick Skin, But They Re Fragile And Fallible Too This Book Will Leave You With A Much Greater Appreciation For The Work They Do Behind The Team Talks, The Press Conference Meltdowns, The Club Statements And Departures By Mutual Consent, There Are Complex Characters Working In An Incredibly Pressurised, Often Hostile Environment Managers Arethan Scapegoats Or Miracle Workers This Heartening, Harrowing Book Gives Them A Human Face Sport MagazineMICHAEL CALVIN Is One Of The UK S Most Acclaimed Sports Writers He Was Named Sports Writer Of The Year For His Despatches As A Crew Member In A Round The World Yacht Race And Has Twice Been Named Sports Reporter Of The Year He Is Currently Chief Sports Writer With The Independent On Sunday His Last Book, The Nowhere Men, Won The Times Sports Book Of The Year Prize InProud, His Collaboration With Former Wales And British Lions Rugby Captain Gareth Thomas, Was Named Autobiography Of The Year In The Cross Pens British Sports Book Awards In