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England Away

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  315 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Having examined England's twin obsessions - violence and sex - in THE FOOTBALL FACTORY and HEADHUNTERS, John King completes his trilogy with ENGLAND AWAY: sex and violence abroad, under the Union Jack. The novel works on three levels - past, present and future - as pensioner Bill Farrell remembers his war experiences in a London pub, Tommy Johnson fights his way through Ho ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 31st 2011 by Vintage Digital (first published 1998)
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Sep 16, 2012 Luca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Uno stile incredibilmente intenso e un linguaggio vietato ai minori pungente e realistico. Il tutto velato di leggera ma percettibile malinconia e punteggiato di momenti comico-grotteschi davvero improbabili. E' il terzo libro della trilogia del calcio di J. K. Molti personaggi sono giá noti. Qui i nostri eroi partono alla volta di Berlino. Si gioca Gemania -Inghilterra. Il coro che unisce la truppa è "due guerre mondiali e una coppa del mondo", tanto per mettere in chiaro le cose. Non vengono i ...more
Aug 03, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fairly untaxing. Ostensibly set in Europe –England fans following the team from Dover to Berlin and the World Cup there. This is warfare: England's honour and all that..

The book is very human, helped me to 'understand' football violence, particularly in its heyday.

Are “real “ wars (eg WW2, Falklands, Gulf....) any more “real” than football violence? There are evil bastards in both camps [each type of 'war'] and good samaritans too. War crimes are despised by the majority of decent fighters as ch
Eric Barber
The book was a decent enough read I suppose. It was a lot better than the previous part of the series, Headhunters.

I think you have to be English to believe any of the bravado of this book, such as one of the main characters, Tommy Johnson, claiming the English always rout the Italians easy, thousands at a time. Makes little sense to those of us who know that the English, and especially Man Utd fans have been on the receiving ends of severely violent attacks for decades at the hands of Roma fans
Oct 05, 2009 Jak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Continuing King's hoolie theme, but I remember it being unimpressive and nothing like Football Factory.
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English author, who has written several novels on the nation's lad culture at home and abroad. His debut work of fiction, The Football Factory, was made into a controversial film, directed by Nick Love and starring Danny Dyer. He now owns and operates London Books, an imprint company reissuing classic novels. He is listed as a supporter of No to EU – Yes to Democracy.
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