The number-one bestseller Nick Hornby explores childhood, adolescence and adulthood through the ups and downs of football in the million-copy-selling, William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner, Fever Pitch.
‘I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring. . . ’
For many people watching football is mere entertainment, to some it’s more like a ritual; but to others, its highs and lows provide a narrative to life itself. For Nick Hornby, his devotion to the game has provided one of few constants in a life where the meaningful things – like growing up, leaving home and forming relationships, both parental and romantic – have rarely been as simple or as uncomplicated as his love for Arsenal.
Brimming with wit and honesty, Fever Pitch catches perfectly what it really means to be a football fan – and in doing so, what it means to be a man.
‘A spanking 7-0 away win of a football book…inventive, honest, funny, heroic, charming’
Jim White, Independent
‘Funny, wise and true’
‘Hornby has put his finger on truths that have been unspoken for generations. Furthermore, he writes beautifully. A damn good read. Buy it’
Tom Humphries, Irish Times