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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
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Recommended from a friend. The narrative is captivating. Very well writtenPublished 8 months ago by Alex G.
Very readable prose; more so if you're a football fan though and preferably an Arsenal supporter!Published 9 months ago by Kathryn West
This was an enjoyable read.It was also a very honest piece of writing about his love/hate, adoration/disgust with all things connected to Arsenal Football club. Read morePublished 10 months ago by BOOK ADDICT
I am a football fan so I was very excited to read this book. A football fan surely love it but I think also people who aren't should read it too. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered this one by mistake, I really meant to order another book by Nick Hornby but it is now with a Charity Shop so I am sure it is going to be enjoyed by others.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was reasonably good but not being an Arsenal fan, my interest drifted a bit in parts. There were a few sections that were excellent. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr J S Lucas
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Nick Hornby’s account of his fanatical support of the Arsenal football team rightly attracted the praise of literary critics on its publication in 1992 and, as a book that I have... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Keith M
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