Fever Pitch

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A brilliant memoir from the beloved, bestselling author of Funny Girl, High Fidelity and About A Boy.

In America, it is soccer. But in Great Britain, it is the real football. No pads, no prayers, no prisoners. And that's before the players even take the field.

Nick Hornby has been a football fan since the moment he was conceived. Call it predestiny. Or call it preschool. Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession. Part autobiography, part comedy, part incisive analysis of insanity, Hornby's award-winning memoir captures the fever pitch of fandom--its agony and ecstasy, its community, its defining role in thousands of young men's coming-of-age stories. Fever Pitch is one for the home team. But above all, it is one for everyone who knows what it really means to have a losing season.
 

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In a humorous vein, Hornby guides the reader through a series of football matches (soccer games) played from 1968 to 1991 by an English first-division team known as Arsenal. By his own admission, the ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
I
HOME DÉBUT
DON ROGERS
16
ENGLAND
21
CAMPING
24
BORING BORING ARSENAL
26
PELÉ
28
SAME OLD ARSENAL
128
A TRIVIAL PURSUIT
130
COACH
132
ON THE PITCH
133
THE MUNSTERS AND QUENTIN CRISP
135
CHARLIE NICHOLAS
138
A SEVENMONTH HICCUP
141
COCONUTS
143

THUMPED
30
CAN YOU SEE ME ON THE BOX?
34
HOW I WON THE DOUBLE
35
ANOTHER CITY
38
ISLINGTON BOY
39
HAPPY
43
MY MUM AND CHARLIE GEORGE
44
SOCIAL HISTORY
51
ME AND BOB McNAB
52
WEMBLEY II THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES
55
A NEW FAMILY
59
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
62
GRADUATION DAY
65
THE WHOLE PACKAGE
70
CAROL BLACKBURN
73
GOODBYE TO ALL THAT
77
II
81
MY SECOND CHILDHOOD
83
SUPERMAC
85
A FOURTH DIVISION TOWN
87
BOYS AND GIRLS
92
JUST LIKE A WOMAN
96
WEMBLEY III THE HORROR RETURNS
98
SUGAR MICE AND BUZZCOCKS ALBUMS
101
WEMBLEY IV THE CATHARSIS
103
FILLING A HOLE
108
LIAM BRADY
111
ARSENALESQUE
116
LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL
119
PART OF THE GAME
120
MY BROTHER
122
CLOWNS
124
PETE
144
HEYSEL
146
DYING ON ITS FEET
149
DRINKING AGAIN
151
III
153
IV
155
V
157
VI
159
VII
162
VIII
166
IX
174
X
176
XI
180
XII
183
XIII
187
XIV
188
XV
190
XVI
192
XVII
196
XVIII
202
XIX
205
XX
209
XXI
217
XXII
224
XXIII
225
XXIV
227
XXV
230
XXVI
232
XXVII
234
XXVIII
237
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About the author (1998)

Nick Hornby is the author of six internationally bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked) and several works of non-fiction including Fever Pitch, Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub, a collection of his 'Stuff I've Been Reading' columns from the Believer. His screenplay for the film An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in Highbury, north London.

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