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My Favorite Year: A Collection of Football Writing

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  330 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Roddy Doyle's account of the Republic of Ireland's triumphant journey through Italia '90 is just one of the many first-class pieces in this anthology of original football writing. Contributors include Harry Pearson, Harry Ritchie, Ed Horton, Olly Wicken, D.J. Taylor, Huw Richards, Nick Hornby, Chris Pierson, Matt Nation, Graham Brack, Don Watson, and Giles Smith.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Orion Publishing (first published 1993)
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A collection of stories that will resonate with any fan who dimly recalls the origin of their dedication to a single team. Well worth the read.
Belle Dame
Jun 12, 2008 Belle Dame rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Footie fans with a good memory
I loved this book, just as I loved Cortazar's and Pastorin's prose about football: they all were great in transmitting the magic football was about when it wasmore of a game and less of a commercial op.
Questa volta ho proprio sbagliato l'acquisto. Certo, io non amo il calcio e forse avrei dovuto immaginare che non poteva essere un libro adatto a me, ma pensavo che si trattasse di racconti in chiave ironica o spiritosa, in linea con lo stile di Hornby, che ha curato la raccolta. In effetti, qualcuno lo è, ma in linea di massima si parla piuttosto in dettaglio di partite, calciatori, arbitri e punteggi del campionato irlandese o inglese, a me del tutto sconosciuti. Faccio già fatica a ricordarmi ...more
A quirkly little collection of football memoirs, from a diverse group of writers.

The clubs and memories here are, for the most part, lesser known and from a pre-Sky tv era.

It took me back to my first football experiences, standing on terraces, kids being shoved down to the front, so you could see the action, or what passed for action on the muddy quagmires the pitches inevitably were.

Some of the contributors here wouldn't appear out of place in Rain Man, such is their grasp of stats and recall o
Ahead of contributing to a similar style, if slightly lower profile, collection of 'my favourite season' stories I borrowed this from Russell.

It was enjoyable enough; even though the book published almost 20 years ago, it still possesses much currency and certain pieces were an absolute joy to read, particularly Olly Wicken's ballboy-eye view of Watford's 74-75 campaign.

If you collect football literature, then this should be on your shelves.
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Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, Shakespeare Wrote for Money, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as the editor of the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is a recipient of the American Acade ...more
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