I picked up this book at the excellent ‘Evening with..’ night at The Approach back in December, but given Christmas kerfuffles it’s taken me a while to get around to reading it. However, it’s been worth the wait to have read through Kenny Burns’ book, ‘No Ifs Or Butts.’
Being a fan too young to have had the pleasure of seeing Kenny representing Forest, it perhaps has less resonance for me than some of you who will have real memories of some of his antics. I avidly consume Forest books, and this was an entertaining read courtesy of the big fella.
Anyone who’s had the pleasure of hearing Kenny speak at ‘Evening with’ nights or after-dinner speaking (or indeed, those of you who might’ve actually met him!) will know he’s a witty fellow, very dry and sarcastic – which is ace. And that shines through in the book, this isn’t an overly polished ghost-written number – it reads like you’d imagine Kenny telling the stories.
I suppose the only part of the book that didn’t quite do it for was the reasonably frequent descent into listing results in a particular season – but that’s a small quibble, there’s plenty of amusing tales from Kenny’s time at Birmingham, through Forest and then beyond into where I hadn’t realised quite how long he was still playing non-league football.
A nice account of one of Forest’s unquestionable stalwarts in our most successful era- definitely worth having a read – I’m sure it’ll raise a few chuckles along the way too. Next up is the more daunting illustrated history of Forest I was generously given as a Christmas gift. Can’t wait!
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