Emmanuel Adebayor reading ‘The Polysyllabic Spree’

posted by Nick Hornby September 13, 2007 at 3:54 pm Books, Charity, Sport , , ,


I do not intend to post many photographs of my children on this website, but this is weird. The kid on the left is my eldest son Danny; the distinguished-looking gentleman in the middle some of you might recognise as the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. When I first saw this picture, it felt to me like something I might have dreamed – not in the sense that this is something I always wanted to happen, but in the literal, wake-up-in-the-morning, what-the-hell-was-that-about? meaning of the word. This season, Arsenal FC have chosen Danny’s school, TreeHouse, as their charity of the year, so it’s possible that there are other, equally disorienting photo-opportunities to come. There won’t be a photo of Emmanuel Adebayor reading ‘The Polysyllabic Spree’ on the lounger in our back garden, though. I’m pretty sure that really was only a dream.