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Nick Hornby
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5 May 2005
A famous account of growing up to be a fanatical football supporter. Told through a series of match reports, FEVER PITCH has enjoyed enormous critical and commercial success since it was first published in 1992. It has helped to create a new kind ofsports writing, and established Hornby as one of the finest writers of his generation.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (5 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140293442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140293449
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Hornby was born in 1957, and is the author of six novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award)Slam and Juliet, Naked. He is also the author of Fever Pitch, a book on his life as a devoted supporter of Arsenal Football Club, and has edited the collection of short stories Speaking with the Angel. He has written a book about his favourite songs, 31 Songs, and his reading habits,The Complete Polysyllabic Spree. In 2009 he wrote the screenplay for the film An Education. Nick Hornby lives and works in Highbury, north London.



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Fever Pitch is both an autobiography and a footballing bible rolled into one. Nick Hornby pinpoints 1968 as his formative year--the year he turned 11, the year his parents separated, and the year his father first took him to watch Arsenal play. The author quickly moved "way beyond fandom" into an extreme obsession that has dominated his life, loves, and relationships. His father had initially hoped that Saturday afternoon matches would draw the two closer together, but instead Hornby became completely besotted with the game at the expense of any conversation: "Football may have provided us with a new medium through which we could communicate, but that was not to say that we used it, or what we chose to say was necessarily positive." Girlfriends also played second fiddle to one ball and 11 men. He fantasises that even if a girlfriend "went into labour at an impossible moment" he would not be able to help out until after the final whistle. Fever Pitch is not a typical memoir--there are no chapters, just a series of match reports falling into three time frames (childhood, young adulthood, manhood). While watching the May 2, 1972, Reading v Arsenal match, it became embarrassingly obvious to the then 15-year-old that his white, suburban, middle-class roots made him a wimp with no sense of identity: "Yorkshire men, Lancastrians, Scots, the Irish, blacks, the rich, the poor, even Americans and Australians have something they can sit in pubs and bars and weep about." But a boy from Maidenhead could only dream of coming from a place with "its own tube station and West Indian community and terrible, insoluble social problems." Fever Pitch reveals the very special intricacies of British football, which readers new to the game will find astonishing, and which Hornby presents with remarkable humour and honesty--the "unique" chants sung at matches, the cold rain- soaked terraces, giant cans of warm beer, the trains known as football specials carrying fans to and from matches in prison-like conditions, bottles smashing on the tracks, thousands of police officers waiting in anticipation for the cargo of hooligans. The sport and one team in particular have crept into every aspect of Hornby's life--making him see the world through Arsenal-tinted spectacles. --Naomi Gesinger

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Funny, wise and true (Roddy Doyle) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 14 Aug 2005
Format:Paperback
I received this book from a friend as a birthday present, who chose it because of its subject knowing I was a big football fan. Perhaps this was a rather misguided choice, though, as although Fever Pitch is based around Hornby's childhood (and early manhood) experiences of football, it is so much more than a run-of-the-mill football book. Its beautifully crafted life experience stories are, admittedly, set around key Arsenal matches in the 1980s, but if this were to put of non-football fans it would truly be a shame. Unlike many authors, especially in this genre, Hornby has a gift of true communication - throughout the book one gets the feeling of being with him as he searches for the purpose of his life, and the position of his hobby-come-obsession within that.
Although for non-football fans the match descriptions may seem dull and unappealing, they make up only a small percentage of the book and are included in such a way as to be intrinsic to the storyline rather than as an added extra to appeal to the terraces. It is in crafting this into his personal life that Hornby achieves his real success, and creates what many believe to be the best football book ever.
But don't forget, this book isn't just about Arsenal, or even football, but about how a young Londoner grows up, and learns to live his own life. A heart-warming tale, not to be overlooked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 29 April 2011
Format:Paperback
I am NOT a football fan and I loved this book. I've read it a couple of times. It's entertaining, interesting and well written. I'm glad Nick Hornby is willing to share his analysis of his obsession(s) as well as expose his male foibles :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've not even read the full book yet... 15 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
...but already I find myself nodding, chuckling or smiling in agreement and acknowledgment at a lot of the experiences Hornby writes about.

I won't deny I'm pretty obsessed with football, but frankly this book would go down well with anyone who lives/has lived/wants to live in Britain, because there's a lot of people living here who are secretly, and sometimes not so secretly, exactly like this!
I think it would also go down well with any long suffering wives of season ticket holders as a delve into the mindset of their other halves!

A damn good, generally light hearted piece of work by Hornby that it's very easy to begin to relate to, and then before you know it you're sucked in and you've ploughed halfway through the book before you know what's happening - for me, that's the sign of a good book - absorbing, and one the reader can relate to. Don't think about it, buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Might be the best book ever dealing with football 23 July 2008
Format:Paperback
Nick Hornby's warm autobiographical book deals with his life as a football fan from 1968 (when he was a teenager) until 1992, especifically as he supported his beloved Arsenal during that time. There's some good insights about football culture (for a true football fan, football is not really an entertainment, a concept that is probably hard to understand in the US, where sports are just a part of the entertainment business) as well as football tactics (there are few good passers in the sports, he says, as hard as this might be to believe to outsiders; Liam Brady, one of his favorite players, was that rare player, a great passer). Each of the chapters (so to call them) deals with a particular football match that he remembers during that period. And along football, he also makes comments on his relationships, be it with his family or with girlfriends. What Hornby tells is the story of English football in his last throes, a time when hooliganism ruled, but when it also was a genuine, integral pastime of the English people. When the Premiere League was established (in 1992, the year this book ends), and the megamoney and the huge tv contracts came along, and some clubs (like, say, Arsenal) did not put in the field a single English player, it became more of a commercial business and less of a cultural phenomenon. And while I like football, it's hard not to come out from reading this book with the impression that being a football fan at the level Hornby was is not a colossal waste of time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Gooner's Point of View 21 July 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is amazingly intuitive. Nick Hornby has been there and done that so far as genuine football supporting goes. He assesses in a surprisingly rational way (for one so irrational at times) both the benefits and the destructive nature of obsession. Although this book is based around the games of Arsenal (and a brief flirtation with Cambridge United) it says a lot more about human nature (and Charlie George's haircuts) than the tactics of George Graham! This book could save thousands of people from heartache if it was handed out to people entering relationships where only one partner is football obsessed! If you have a partner who baffles you with their shouts and screams and moods every Saturday afternoon between August and May - this book will help you to understand that they are the ones who need help - you will learn to pity and support them in their affliction. If you are one of those people who shout and scream and have moods every Saturday afternoon between August and May - you will learn that you are not alone. Read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of the 1990's - hear it in full 12 Jun 2001
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Hornby pinpoints 1968 as his formative year--the year he turned 11, the year his parents separated, and the year his father first took him to watch Arsenal play. The author quickly moved 'way beyond fandom' into an extreme obsession that has dominated his life, loves, and relationships. His father had initially hoped that Saturday afternoon matches would draw the two closer together, but instead Hornby became completely besotted with the game at the expense of any conversation: 'Football may have provided us with a new medium through which we could communicate, but that was not to say that we used it, or what we chose to say was necessarily positive.' Girlfriends also played second fiddle to one ball and 11 men. He fantasizes that even if a girlfriend 'went into labour at an impossible moment' he would not be able to help out until after the final whistle.
Fever Pitch is not a typical memoir - there are no chapters, just a series of match reports falling into three time frames (childhood, young adulthood, manhood). While watching the May 2, 1972, Reading v. Arsenal match, it became embarrassingly obvious to the then 15-year-old that his white, suburban, middle-class roots made him a wimp with no sense of identity: 'Yorkshire men, Lancastrians, Scots, the Irish, blacks, the rich, the poor, even Americans and Australians have something they can sit in pubs and bars and weep about.' But a boy from Maidenhead could only dream of coming from a place with 'its own tube station and West Indian community and terrible, insoluble social problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fever Pitch
As an ex football player and avid fan I found this a really nostalgic read. Have read more of Nick Hornby's books as a result and found them amusing and hard to put down
Published 1 month ago by macca
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting point of view about football
I am a football fan and a Nick Hornby fan so I was very curious to read this book. Football fan surely love it but I think also people who aren't should read it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Faffy1980
4.0 out of 5 stars very nice story
i wish the cover was a little harder. very nice story, completes perfectly with the movie and gives too much more!!!
Published 4 months ago by konstantinos
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book and a good read
Just received my copy and really enjoyed what I have read so far. You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this book as it it deals with a lot more than just the game, highly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shaun Johnston
2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn
I finally got round to buying this book, after many years of hearing about it, I wish'd I'd carried on waiting!
Published 10 months ago by Brooksey
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
really good a modern classic, really evocative and very genuine loved it. coulnt put it down till I had finished it even after having read it before years ago!
Published 12 months ago by kindleaddict
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book
Best book about football ever. Not sure my girlfriend appreciates it in the same way that I do. But good value all the same
Published 14 months ago by MartyN
5.0 out of 5 stars Why we are the way we are
This is a book for sports fans , not just football fans . If you love a sports fan and don't understand their passion this book will shed some light. Read more
Published 15 months ago by susan ann crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars ARSENAL FOR EVER
Past reference to the famous club -OK. A birthday present so not sure if it went down well or not
Published 16 months ago by D. Stallard
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable read.
Enjoyed High Fidelity and thought i'd give this one a try. I certainly enjoyed it, but you'd have to be an Arsenal fan to get the most from this one.
Published 19 months ago by cornutus
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