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Love Hurts: Motorways, Madness and Leeds United Hardcover – 16 Oct 1997


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; First Edition edition (16 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185158921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851589210
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 2.5 x 16.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neil Jeffries has worked as a journalist since 1981, having written for various magazines along the way, including Kerrang!, Mojo and Empire. He has written and edited half a dozen books on music but Love Hurts is his first book inspired by football. Fraser Marr studied photography at Goldsmith's College in London and his work has been published in magazines throughout the world.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan 1999
Format: Hardcover
At a time when Nick Hornby's transfer for £2 million echoes some of the movements of the players he has iconised within 'serious' literature, Jeffries and Marr's effort is probably worth less than half that. Not because it is an inferior work to Hornby's. No. It's just that, like the capture of Ian Rush from Liverpool by their beloved Leeds when he was clearly a couple of years past his best, this book comes along in the dusty slipstream of the soccerbook bandwagon. If you read the book, you'll possibly feel that this is entirely appropriate, since, during the season about which they write (1996-97) Leeds United were rubbing most other clubs' dust out of their eyes, finishing perilously close to the relegation zone in the Premiership. Fraser Marrs' captions to his own photographs succinctly capture the self-deprecating irony through which Jeffries reflects that season of George Graham's return to football management. The yo-yoing up and down the M1 from their London exile mimics, for Jeffries and Marr, their team's fortunes: one moment they are ecstatic over the 3-0 drubbing of a less than competent Southampton, the next they are wincing as their 'heroes' are bundled out of the League Cup by Aston Villa, the same team against whom the so-called 'professional' players of Leeds United Football Club had produced their most inept, overpaid display ever in the final of the previous season's competition. It's not easy being a football fan. Certainly not if your 'chosen' club is Leeds United - though mercifully, with George Graham back 'darn sarf' in his beloved London and the bubbly and twinkle-eyed David O'leary promising his 'boys' are going to produce fast, exciting football, this season is less irony-sodden than most.Read more ›
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