Hunter Davies is one of Britain's most acclaimed writers and journalists. He has written over 30 books, among them modern classics, The Beatles and A walk around the lakes, The glory game, published in 1972 is a benchmark work on football and still in print today. The Fan is a collection of very personal, unusual pieces about his life as a supporter. He observes football in its sovereignty of the late 1900's and early 2000's and tackles the big topics of the day, Beckham's haircuts, high finance, the price of pies, the size of match day programmes, the enormous wages, the influence of sky TV, England's numerous managers. Along the way he also lets us into his home life, his tortoise, his family, his work, his poorly knee (caused by too much Sunday football). Originally published in the New Statesman magazine, The Fan catches Davies at his very best and most amusing. It will appeal to supporters of any age, sex and loyalties. The ultimate bedside football book.