The Game of Our Lives by David Goldblatt - How Football Made Britain Great
In the last two decades football in Britain has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very centre of our popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry. What does it mean when football becomes so central to our private and political lives? Has it enriched us or impoverished us?
In this sparkling book David Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon tracks the momentous economic, social and political changes of the post-Thatcherite era in a more illuminating manner than football, and no cultural practice sheds more light on the aspirations and attitudes of our long boom and now calamitous bust. A must-read for the thinking football fan, The Game of Our Lives will appeal to readers of The Numbers Game, I am the Secret Footballer and fans of Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis.
'Goldblatt doesn't just understand the social context of the game. He also has a nose for the best stories' Simon Kuper on The Ball Is Round
David Goldblatt is the author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football (Penguin, 2007), the definitive historical account of the world's game. For a number of years he wrote a sports column in Prospect magazine. He has made a number of acclaimed documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and for the World Service, including ones on football in Jerusalem and the politics of the game in Kenya. He has also taught the sociology of the sport at the University of Bristol.