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believe in the sign

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  10 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Published (first published January 2nd 2007)
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Jonathan Norton
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I suppose you could say this is the gritty Northern working-class antidote to the soft southern middle-class nonsense of "Fever Pitch" by Nick Hornby... I've no idea, I never read it.

This is a great memoir, intercutting the disappointments (and occasional triumphs) of Rochdale AFC from 1975-80 against other events in the town and the life of young Mark Hodkinson. There is a story here about the disappearance of local shops in favour of supermarkets, and factories in favour of... well, not much.
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fine book. In my view it is Hodkinson's best. It flows like a novel, with a beautiful story about a boy and his football club (though the town of Rochdale features just as much as the football club.)

Hodkinson followed this up with the novel, 'The last Mad Surge Of Youth' which although a fine story, it is not a patch on 'Believe In The Sign.' It is a must read and a book that for me, leaves others like Hornby's 'Fever Pitch' kicking in the wind after it.
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