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Funny old game! Wisey set to release book sequel

Veteran football coach writes follow-up after being left ‘heartbroken’ by the Grenfell Tower disaster and determined to help those affected by it

08 February, 2018 — By Charlie Corbett

Steve Wise: ‘I have a lot of stories and one-liners that I have come across in my lifetime from all the jobs I have done, and all the different places I have coached. It’s a pleasure to share them with people’

THEY say laughter is the best medicine and, thanks to veteran football coach Steve Wise, that theory is being tested in hospitals across the capital.

The 64-year-old, who grew up in Somers Town and now lives in Kentish Town, wrote Life is a Joke after being left “heartbroken” by the Grenfell Tower disaster, donating much of the profits to those affected by the tragedy.

Featuring some of his favourite one-liners and anecdotes from more than 40 years of sports coaching with Camden Council, the book proved such a big hit that now he is bringing out a sequel, Life is a Joke Too.

Both books will be on sale in hospitals across London, with the proceeds this time being donated to the NHS.

The former non-emergency ambulance driver at St Bart’s Hospital says that he was “overwhelmed” by the positive feedback that his funnies generated.

“I’m hoping this new edition will be a success in the local hospitals,” said Wisey, as he’s known to his friends and family. “My first book went down quite well so I’ve started the sequel, and will be pushing to get it into local wards across Camden and Islington.

“I’m at the stage of writing, now, where it all begins to flow naturally, but I have to admit some of the jokes are so silly.”

Wisey added: “People always ask me ‘are the stories true?’, and they are surprised to hear that they are.

“I have a lot of stories and one-liners that I have come across in my lifetime from all the jobs I have done, and all the different places I have coached. It’s a pleasure to share them with people.”

Simon Pitts, who is a community manager at St Bart’s Charity, said that he was delighted that Wisey’s first book is already appearing in all of the hospitals that he works with.

“It’s available in all our hospitals: St Bart’s, The Royal London, Newham, Whipps Cross and Mile End,” he said.

“It would, of course, work in any hospital up and down the country, but we want to keep Steve and his talents to ourselves!”

Mr Pitts went on to say how the relaxed nature of the joke-book helps patients when they are not feeling at their best, adding: “It is written in such a way it can be dipped into, and people have really enjoyed it, especially when they are feeling low.”

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