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 with it.
Arguably the book which reinvigorated the football writing genre, Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch is the wonderful story of a child’s love affair with the game and, in Hornby’s particular case, the sole object of his affection, Arsenal Football Club.
Hornby’s love affair began the first time his father took him to Highbury to watch the ‘Gunners’ and took him through all the emotions associated with football fandom. Pain, hope, adoration, blind loyalty and of course deep, deep disappointment are here but scattered amongst these are a few moments of sheer pleasure, which any football fan will tell you makes it all worthwhile.
Hornby’s relationship with Arsenal and football is a defining one throughout his life and colours all his other relationships.
A brilliant study of football’s hold on many, skilfully crafted by one of our finest writers.
About the Author
Nick Hornby is an English writer and lyricist. He is best known for his memoir Fever Pitch and novels High Fidelity and About a Boy, all of which were adapted into feature films.
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