2 Story

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AuthorHouse, Nov 7, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 100 pages
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Danny Stevens was the second child. The soccer jersey he coveted growing up was the number 2. As he went through his teens, twenties and thirties he would have many ups and downs but the ups were always better the second time around.

From the east end of London, to the north of England, to Turin Italy and back home again, 2 Story follows Danny on his mission to be the soccer star of the '90s that his dad promised him he would be. Through the '80s, '90s and 2000's, Danny experiences dizzying highs and excruciating lows but eventually learns that he can have the best of the two different worlds that his two very different parents envisioned for him.

Experience what it was like to grow up in Thatcher's England, learn about life with a small English soccer team before and after the introduction of the Premier League changed everything, and relive the real life joy of Euro 96 when football came home to England.

Follow Danny as he deals with the conflicting views of his parents, love and loss, injury and alcoholism, to the moment when he is able to bring two worlds together and enjoy the life he has built for himself and his family. Meet his parents, brother, mentors and friends plus the girl who helped him achieve it all, and experience the musical moments that provided the soundtrack to the last 28 years.

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About the author (2008)

Jo Dillman is a native of England who is a contemporary of the main character. This book brings together her passion for soccer, her interest in social studies, and of course her experiences growing up in England during the 1980s and 1990s. She began writing as a child and became involved in the English soccer fanzine movement in the early 1990s, having her articles published in the Trent Times and Tricky Tree. She then progressed to writing short stories and an anthology of these, Free Spirit, was published in Devon Library Service’s Cream of Devon series.


Jo came to the United States in 1997 and quickly found an anglophile outlet for her writing, becoming editor of the newsletter for the Pennsylvania Cornwall Association, Penkernewek. As she mastered the differences between English and American English she worked her way up from newsletter articles to short stories to this first book.


Jo’s major literary influence is Thomas Mann. She studied German literature at high school and at college and was particularly inspired by Thomas Mann’s “Novellen” (novellas). These short novels featured leitmotivs (a phrase or action repeated at different moments within the book) and a main character that was exceptionally gifted but also psychologically flawed. Thomas Mann believed that these flaws were what made the character so special but ultimately they caused the character’s demise. In her book Jo has the main character work through his flaws and although it is a struggle he does succeed in the end.


Jo is very excited about her first book and hopes that it will be read and enjoyed by many different people. She has many more stories to be told and looks forward to writing them in the future.



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