Glen Wilson writes about his personal cathartic recollection of World Cup football fever and how it helped him recover from depression.

ISBN: 978-1-9161619-8-6

134 Pages

SKU: CB-GW01 Category: Tag:


London, England; the long hot World Cup summer of 2018. Endless sun, fractious politics, Boxpark beer showers, and a growing belief that football might just be coming home.

From Lewisham’s local pubs to the Colombian cafes of Elephant & Castle, and Belgian bars of Covent Garden; W C L D N is a look at how one of the world’s most global cities consumes its most global sports event. But this is an observation through a clouded lens; it’s author simultaneously lost in the fog of a depression he’s desperate to escape.

How do you connect with one of the most unifying events of the sport you love, when you are at your loneliest? Is football merely a diversion from the everyday; a means of escape from the heavier pressures that continue to weigh down on you? Or can it offer a way to reconnect with yourself and your surroundings?

6 reviews for W C L D N

  1. Rob Langham, The Two Unfortunates

    Wilson’s power of observations are acute… but he is at times a reluctant London resident, uncertain still about a gentrified playpen of a city. That intensity, that unique ability to disorient its citizens is brilliantly evoked while the World Cup itself is here described in a truly unique way.

  2. David Bevan, author, The Unbelievables

    An absolute gem. A must-read for any football fan. Will take you right back to last year and every other glorious World Cup summer.

  3. Jack Peat, editor, The London Economic

    Wilson creates a fascinating Venn diagram between London’s multiculturalism, and mental health. At its intersection lies a painful story of how easy it can be to become closed off in one of the most open cities in the world. It is a poignant and timely reminder of the many inner struggles modern men face

  4. Amazon buyer

    Beyond its achievements as memoir, W C L D N is surprisingly political, speaking quietly but firmly to some of the most pertinent issues of our time – nationhood, masculinity, the misery of late capitalism – with insight, originality and bravery. And the whole thing is told in really great prose, slick, spare and effective, every sentence perfectly turned. The bittersweet ending leaves you wondering what’s in store next for the author, but you can’t help wanting to get to your feet and cheer for him.

  5. M.Torkington

    I was blown away by this book, it became a far more personal read for me than I was expecting.
    WCLDN deals with two themes; WC2018 and how one of the most vibrant cities in the world consumed it, and a man lost, vulnerable and unable to escape a fog of depression despite being part of that vibrant city.

  6. Bryan Crane

    Brilliant memoir covering the period of the last World Cup as a series of thoughtful, reflecting vignettes on London, social isolation and mental health.

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