Published on 9 August 2019, W C L D N – a deeply personal account of following the 2018 FIFA World Cup in London whilst struggling with depression – is Glen Wilson’s first book.
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 one of the most global sports events.
At least it would be, had its author not been lost in the fog of depression. Instead it is an observation on London and its football fans written through a clouded lens.
How do you connect with one of the most unifying, most communal events of the sport you love, when you are at your loneliest? Is the 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?
Praise for W C L D N
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.
David Bevan, author, The Unbelievables
In W C L D N, 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.
Jack Peat, editor, The London Economic
Order your copy of W C L D N
W C L D N is published by the author and is available to download as an ebook via most major online book publishers.