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The Anatomy Of England: A History In Ten Matches

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An in-depth look at ten crucial football games that shaped England.
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published May 10th 2013 by Not Avail (first published May 20th 2010)
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Jan 08, 2014 Mahlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's obvious that Johnathan Wilson's Anatomy of England is a unique and magisterial work. but in my opinion it contains a couple of annoying flaws. Wilson's stated objective is to concentrate on the lesser known matches that shaped England's football evolution but how can you write a book on the history of without including 1966 or 1970? Wilson's objectivity begins to feel like negativity rather quickly, I like my football authors to be a little more positive about their subjects. These minor fl ...more
Sep 27, 2012 Simon rated it it was amazing
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We've waited a long time, but there are now such a lot of good books about football. In Jonathan Wilson we already have a very good writer on the sport. I think he is going to become one of the great football writers.
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Jan 25, 2012 Nick Butler rated it really liked it
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It might seem odd that Wilson chose to follow up a book like Inverting the Pyramid, one with such a broad, all-encompassing sweep, with one that seems to have such a narrow focus; not merely a book about England's national team, but one that focuses on ten specific matches (many of which its readers are unlikely to have seen) to make its point. Yet, where else could he really have gone? Inverting the Pyramid picked up so many strands of thought and left them tantalizing unresolved or unexamined ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Stuart rated it really liked it
A history of the English national side, focusing on ten matches, only 2 of which I can remember (Holland 96, Croatia 07).

Very enjoyable. I think Wilson is usually very good at striking a balance between the zonal marking type stuff that can get a bit dry but is worth knowing, and the more typical narrative. He treads that line very well again here. The focus of each chapter is one of the ten games, but he does a nice job of linking them together.

Apr 24, 2013 James rated it really liked it
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Very interesting. Loved reading about the build up to each match possibly more than the match itself. Was pleased with how it focused on matches other than the most famous, or the best wins.

I did find the early stages heavy reading as I did not know the protagonists, but the book was written in a way that I was always intrigued with the next piece.

Very interesting how attitudes of the public never change.
Greg D'Avis
Mar 02, 2012 Greg D'Avis rated it really liked it
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Anyone who wants to write about sports should read Wilson's oeuvre. He does it better than anyone.
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Jonathan Wilson is a British sports journalist and author who writes for a number of publications including the Guardian, the Independent and Sports Illustrated. He also appears on the Guardian football podcast, Football Weekly.
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