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Awaydays has been made into a major film which is due for release in 2009.

It’s 1979 and in Birkenhead, smack and Maggie Thatcher are still less of an issue than Lois jeans and Adidas Forest Hills training shoes. For Paul Carty, 19, and his mystical, Joy Division-loving mate, Elvis, life revolves around The Pack, a mob of violent Tranmere Rovers supporters. Carty and Elvis...more
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Published March 4th 1999 by VINTAGE (RAND) (first published January 1st 1998)
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Nov 14, 2007 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
This is by far, the most literary of the hoolie- oriented books I've read. The author Kevin Sampson (for those of you who might know, remember, care) was the manager of the band The Farm. Yup, those rascally Liverpudlians who meshed football/terrace culture with social issues and infectious dance beats.

At any rate, Sampson weaves a tale of hooligans who support Tranmere Rovers in the late 1970s. The subtitle of this book (at least what it says on my copy) is " Catcher in the Rye, with St...more
Stephan van der Linde
First I saw the movie Awaydays, which I liked a lot. (Especially the amazing soundtrack; Ultravox, Joy Division, Echo & Bunneyman, The Cure etc) I kept in mind the movie was filmed by Sampson's novel. So I bought the book.

Where the movie is a bit dramatic and depressing, the book is more graphic and detailled. Especially main-character Carty.

A lot of details about graphic fights and trips to rival football-teams as Wrexham and Crewe Alexandra. Drawings of the FA-Cup, nights of party's and br...more
Found this book by accident really, was searching you tube for the one and only blood tub pub which is sadly no more and found the film version of this and then ordered the book. Took it with me on a recent stay in hospital and got one word for it fabulous.
Thought provoking and painfully honest.
Was rather intense reading though so couldnt read it in one go took me a few days to finish which is unusual for me. Dont know wether i would of got as much from it if i hadnt been local though because a...more
just awesome
Dec 08, 2007 Allen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like to watch youtube videos of Hooligans
Eric lent me this (he is my goto for all books footy related) suggesting it to me as the most literary of all the books on hooligans he has read. I agree. It helps that it is a work of fiction rather than the usual docudrama nonsense that you get (I'm looking at you Cass) about 4 lads from West Ham going up against 4k gruff geezers from Millwall who were well up for it.
It has a similar feel to the film "This is England". That sort of brief window into someone's life and that life just happens t...more
More like a 2.5, but still not too impressive. Maybe I am in the minority since this book seems so well reviewed, but I didn't find much to like here. The main character is a well to do teenager from Birkenhead trying to fit in with a bunch of football hooligans. Comparisons to Catcher in the Rye are definitely correct here, but it emulated it too much at times. Also a lot of specific name dropping of bands and albums, which can sometimes work well, but I felt here it was too forced and people w...more
Like it says somewhere on the cover - The Catcher in the Rye for the hooligan generation. Equal parts growing up in the 80's in England listening to Joy Division - even a mention of a suicide pact to New Dawn Fades - AND plenty of bang 'em' up hooligan situations which totally capture the excitement of a gameday stomping. For good or for ill. Follows the path of a reasonably well off teenager who follows the lower division Tranmere Rovers (he lives in a suburb of Liverpool) and all aspects of hi...more
Neil Powell
A violent and compelling look into the football hooliganism from the seventies in England. Took a while to get into the Merseyside vernacular, but this didn't spoil the story at all. I particularly enjoyed all the references to 1970's fashion and music and found the visceral descriptions of the brawls and fights disturbing. An entertaining glimpse into that horrid period in football in the UK
A violent yet thoughtful look at the world of small town teenage life, wrapped up with local pride and hatred of others.

As other reviewers have said, this is a more insightful and measured story of how the need to belong can overtake someone's rational thoughts.

An indictment of the modern values and approaches to others.
"Pointless jobs. Pointless lives. Work. Television. Football. I look across to Wales and I think that the hills are nice. I'll go over there one day and just sit there, for a whole day, and see no one and not say a word. That'll be good. But right now I just feel bad."
"You can't leave"
Read this after having seen the film. Was ok. Lots of things were different in the film so you constantly found yourself thinking 'What??' but still a good book to have read.
A snapshot of life following Tranmere Rovers. Fighting, drinking & drug taking being the order of the day. Not a classic by any means but OK, it filled a few hours.
Great book, very easy to read, the author has a great ear for the local dialect. Brutal, funny and honest book about teenage life in the late 70's
Zack Wilson
Great, though fairly disposable novel, about Tranmere's early 80's casual crew. Sex, violence and Adidas Sambas in the Wirral.
Captures the spirit of the age very well. I love the chapter set in a Halifax pub. Not many novels you can say that about.
Ursula Curwen
Definitely a book that could encourage your son to read. Lads, football and violence
Interesting of its time time novel about growing up in late seventies
Alain Van den brande
This Was Great. ! Read it, you can't get out /
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Kevin Sampson is the author of seven novels - Awaydays, Powder, Leisure, Outlaws, Clubland, Freshers and most recently, Stars are Stars - and a work of non-fiction, Extra Time. He lives and works in Liverpool.
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“Where's my life gone? Where's it going? Looking across the grassy marshland to Flint and up the coast to Point Of Air, I start to wonder what all those poor fuckers in Wales are doing with their lives. Screwing? Sleeping in? Debating whether to take breakfast in bed to their broken fathers? Unlikely. They're probably doing what the gilded folk of Hollywood are doing, or Kowloon or Port Elizabeth. Worrying. Worrying about getting old, or about work, or about money, or about their boyfriend, mistress, lover, house, health, future. Life is shit. There is no fucking point to any of it. Not now that we've evolved past the survival stage. Maybe we used to live to hunt to kill to eat to live another day. Now we just kill time in as many sophisticated ways as possible. Pointless jobs. Pointless lives. Work. Television. Football.” 4 likes
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