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Fifteen years…

Nick Hornby October 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm Sport , , ,

Fifteen years or so ago – right around the time that my first book Fever Pitch was published – the atmosphere in our football stadia began to change. Hooliganism, at least inside the grounds, began to disappear, and, regrettably, the noise levels began to drop. This was an inevitable consequence of a number of things: […]

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Jonathan Coe on Fever Pitch

Nick Hornby May 5, 2005 at 4:21 pm Books ,

I can still remember the first time I met Nick Hornby, back in 1991. As shy literary types are prone to do when introduced to each other at parties, we chatted awkwardly about the books we were then writing. I was in the middle of a satirical novel about the Thatcher years, which I trustingly […]

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The one that got away

Nick Hornby May 5, 2005 at 4:19 pm Books ,

Tony Lacey, Nick Hornby’s current editor, confesses his top editorial mistake of all time – turning down Fever Pitch… Every publisher who’s been doing the job for a decent spell is bound to have skeletons in his cupboard; the wrong decisions that still make you wince in the middle of the night. After the initial […]

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Fever Pitch Interview

Nick Hornby May 5, 2005 at 4:15 pm Books ,

Penguin: What were the circumstances surrounding the writing of Fever Pitch? Nick: There was literate fan journalism about football and I felt that Fever Pitch reflected that culture. When I was talking to publishers and agents about it they told me no chance, trying to sell a football book. I think the view at the […]