The front cover of W C L D N by Glen Wilson

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. Initially released in the summer of 2019 as an eBook, it is now available in print via Cambria Books who published W C L D N in May 2020.

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 sport’s most global event.

But this is an observation glimpsed through a clouded lens; its author simultaneously lost in the fog of a depression he’s desperate to navigate away from.

How do you connect with the most unifying event 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 crucial lifeline to reconnect with yourself and your surroundings?

W C L D N has already been well received by readers and reviewers, with average review scores of 5 stars on Amazon, 5 stars on Apple Books, and 4.6 stars on Goodreads.

A highly-original and absorbing read. It takes a deft touch and an eye for detail to evoke a sense of place. Glen Wilson has both.

Martin Cloake, The Football Pink

Wilson’s power of observation is acute… the World Cup here is described in a truly unique way

Rob Langham, The Two Unfortunates

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…. It is a poignant and timely reminder of the many inner struggles modern men face.

Jack Peat, editor, The London Economic

W C L D N is available direct from Cambria Books as well as via most major online retailers, in both print and eBook form. Where possible please support small publishers, and independent book stores who will be able to order W C L D N in for you (ISBN: 978-1-9161619-8-6)

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