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Fever Pitch (1992)

by Nick Hornby

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A famous account of growing up to be a fanatical football supporter. Told through a series of match reports, FEVER PITCH has enjoyed enormous critical and commercial success since it was first published in 1992. It has helped to create a new kind ofsports writing, and established Hornby as one of the finest writers of his generation.… (more)
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Nonostante il calcio che imperversa. Grazie a Stefano che mi ha fatto conoscere Nick Hornby partendo proprio dal libro che in potenza mi sarebbe dovuto piacere meno. ( )
  Eva_Filoramo | May 3, 2018 |
A life chronicled in football matches
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
I don't really know what I expected, but Fever Pitch is, despite the critical acclaim, just a bloke talking about football for 250 pages. It's not a rom-com like the film (the good one with Colin Firth and a screenplay by Hornby) and though I am a football fan (Manchester United, since you ask) I got a bit tired of hearing about what Arsenal were like in the Eighties. Author Nick Hornby also comes across at times as a rather selfish and unlikeable person; football comes before friends and family for him and, at one point, he says that if Arsenal had won the League or the Cup in 1985/86, it would have put his sadness over the Heysel disaster into some kind of perspective" (pg. 157). Also, consider this following passage, in which Hornby is facing up to missing a cup game: "... the girl I was living with took me to Paris for the weekend as a Christmas present. When I saw the date on the tickets, I was unable, shamingly, to hide my disappointment, and she was understandably hurt." (pg. 149). Especially in a book which was already struggling to get me onside, such comments and admissions are damaging.

The book is quite well-written with some good passages (the bit on Brazil in 1970 on pages 36-8 was interesting), and provides a decent insight into a pre-Hillsborough and pre-Sky Sports football culture which has all but gone. But most of Hornby's footballing insights will already have crossed the minds of those readers who are football fans, making it a rather unnecessary endeavour (though still an agreeable one). And if you're not already a fan, why would you be reading what is, when it really comes down to it, just a football book?" ( )
  Mike_F | Jun 3, 2016 |
FAR, FAR better than the recent movie which claimed to have been based on this book, but which if it had been, would have instead centered on a fan of British Football (i.e., "soccer") rather than Bo-Sox BASEBALL, for cripe's sake. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Great book even for the non Arsenal fan. I can totally associate with Hornby's frustrations and joys. One of the few football based books that all fans could read and enjoy. Great to re-live the 80's ( )
  Tony2704 | Mar 6, 2015 |
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A famous account of growing up to be a fanatical football supporter. Told through a series of match reports, FEVER PITCH has enjoyed enormous critical and commercial success since it was first published in 1992. It has helped to create a new kind ofsports writing, and established Hornby as one of the finest writers of his generation.

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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140293442, 0141045493, 0241950198, 0141391812

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