Fever Pitch
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Fever Pitch

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’
Roddy Doyle

‘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

Read about the film adaptation of Fever Pitch here. The book was also adapted into the American comedy, The Perfect Catch.

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Alternative editions

Fever Pitch (Penguin Modern Classics)
Penguin Modern Classic