But this isn't a book about politics or a football club, it isn't even just a book about football. It's a light-hearted story of the choices we all face at some time seen through the eyes of a young man on the brink of adulthood and through the twin lenses of his passion for his club and his reactions to the tumultuous changes taking place both to him and to the country in the mid-1980s. Armed only with idealism and an average degree, Colin Westlake emerges from the safe confines of university into an unfamiliar world of yuppies, Captain Sensible and mass unemployment, It's a world that seems determined to make fun of him, forcing him to take sanctuary in the familiar rhythm of the football season. What he doesn't know is that this particular season is the sort which only comes along once every generation - if you're lucky.
Golden Daze will strike a chord with anyone who's ever floundered in a confusing world or followed the sort of football team for whom glory is usually only a dream.
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To read an interview with Nick in the Herts Advertiser about the book click here.
To read an interview in the Watford Observer about the book click here.
"Highly evocative ... 'Golden Daze' is strongly recommended by this reader, whether or not you have any affiliation with the Hornets"
BHappy Watford website
"I read it in 24 hours and really, really enjoyed it."
Katy Lewis, BBC Three Counties Radio
"You don't have to be a Watford fan to enjoy this book, in fact you don't even have to be a football fan."
Paul Franks, BBC Radio WM
"I loved the way it stirred up memories of the 80s."
James Hoggarth, BBC Radio Humber
"Captures brilliantly what it means for the average fan to reach Wembley."
Nick Goddard, BBC Radio London
"A very enjoyable read ... an impressive and enjoyable first novel"
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