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Far Foreign Land: Pride and Passion the Liverpool Way Paperback – 14 Jun 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Naomi Roth Publishing (14 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953758516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953758517
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess I should start by saying I've been an LFC fan for well over 3 decades and have only missed 9 home games since the 80/81 season (and yes, I was in Instanbul - still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck). I bought this book for my holiday reading and was really looking forward to it which maybe magnifies the disappointment I felt when reading it.

I expected a glorious retelling of the build up to a magical evening where all the emotions associated with supporting a football team were condensed into over two hours of unbelievable sporting drama but what I got was an book seemingly on a mission to make football aggressively tribal.

This book is fundamentally about how 'different' LFC fans are and how we've been so hard done by and how the 'truth' about the darkest episodes of our history has been missed or distorted. It's so depressing to hear young fans these days getting so ferociously angry about incidents which took place years before they were even born and using that to define them rather than the club itself, I sit next to a group of lads (they're not even scouse) who, every year, love making plane noises when United visit but are (rightly) disgusted when vile Hillsbrough songs come back and spend the game plotting revenge. That's not what football should be about and this book just made me feel as though we're conditioning the current and future generations of football fans to focus on the tribalism, on the bad things about the game and not the glory.

You do not have to be nasty and unpleasant to be an LFC fan, i think this book wants you to be just that. There are some excellent books that celebrate our great club but this is not one of them.

Pat

PS just for fun - John Barnes is the best LFC player I've seen
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Far Foreign Lands is the story of a train journey from Liverpool Lime Street to Istanbul, to watch Liverpool FC in the final of the European Cup. Author, Tony Evans superbly exploits this scenario to provide an insight into the world of the `ordinary' supporter, recalling tales from his own travels in the 80's and 90's. This, in a style that is laugh out loud at times, but also heartbreaking and thought provoking at others. The author brilliantly immerses us in a world of the true fan, free from the commercialisation of football, to a time, long before the replica shirted, face-painted, bandwagon jumpers made the game the cynical circus it is today.

Evans also imparts valuable first hand accounts of the Heysel and Hillsborough tragedies, and explains some way as to why these disasters occurred. Using these events as a backdrop to the political and social events of the 1980's, he throws illumination on the political turmoil of that time, explaining how the rise of football hooliganism was exaggerated and overstated by the right-wing press, hungry for sensation.

This book was recommended to me as a good read, rather than just another book about football, and can be read and enjoyed by the non-fan and ardent supporter, alike. A definite must read!
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This is a cracking read. Essentially it's about a marathon train trip across Europe to watch the 2005 Champions League Final. In reality, it's about much more. It's a story of several journeys, both for the author and the sport.

Evans charts the dramatic transformation of football, from poor relation of the 1980s to today's status as social darling, visiting the pivotal moments in between, including haunting accounts of the dark episodes of Heysel and Hillsborough. The highs and lows of the past 20 years are relayed, spliced with a series of Balkan adventures, against the backdrop of one of the most remarkable events in sporting history.

The description is vivid, the eye for detail commendable. Reading the book, you almost feel as if you were there, suffering what sound at times, like appalling travelling conditions. The content is intelligent, often funny, sometimes unsettling, but you're given a front row seat to the action past and present, by an author who's clearly been there, seen that, but who has no interest in the branded t-shirt.
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This book explains much. I'm new to the club and never realised how isolated

scousers feel towards the rest of England or how much about Rome, Heysel and

Hillsborough never came out. The mix of humour, despair and deep pride is

very potent - the culture so captured is lucky to have such a skilled

troubadour. Could be a cult book.
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Great. Brought back memories of a fantastic night. Puts Chelsea and the rest in

their place. Reds all over the world will love it. FIVE TIMES. FIVE STAR.
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