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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754076199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754076193
  • Package Dimensions: 14.1 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,597,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you've pinned your colours to the mast and regularly watch one football team, you'll surely see Nick Hornby's obsessions, passions and eccentricities in yourself like I did. Doesn't matter if you don't support the Arse. Even Spurs fans can enjoy this book!
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I am not a football fan, but this book was fabulous reading and gave me some great insight into the footy fans in my life.
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One of the best books I have ever read and -believe me- I've read many in my life. It deals with a fan's life, but it is about human beings in general. Nick Hornby's ability to dig into his own obsession is almost worth while of a psychology essay, without dismissing the pleasure of reading though.
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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! It's a nice trip into an amazing sport and shows how all football supporters should behave...
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BEST FOOTBALL BOOK EVER. OUTSTANDING.
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Best book about football ever. Not sure my girlfriend appreciates it in the same way that I do. But good value all the same
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Have finally got round to reading this book. Amazing and as a fellow football addict, most football fans will see themselves in this book - must read!!
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Absolutely loved it! I watch football frequently but am not a fan as such but that is beside the point. This book is so beautifully written that I had a big sense of loss when I ended while on holiday (with no access to any other book that I liked, I started re-reading it with pleasure). It is way more than a book about football and gives you an insight into the lives of fans but more importantly to part of life in the UK. I had read other books from Hornby (Long way down, How to be good and About a boy) all of which I liked but none anywhere to the same degree. Would recommend it very highly.
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