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Fever Pitch

Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby's touching memoir blends autobiography and social commentary to explore his lifelong relationship with soccer and his beloved team, Arsenal.


Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

by Nick Hornby


Soccer fans watch the games; soccer obsessives know the stats and histories of their team's starting eleven. From the moment Nick Hornby saw Arsenal beat Stoke City in 1968, he was obsessed with The Gunners.

Nick Hornby is one of Britain's most beloved writers, and many of his novels have been adapted into films. Fever Pitch, Hornby's 1992 soccer-focused memoir, sold over a million copies in the U.K., won numerous awards, and became a Penguin Classic in 2012.

Hornby's touching tribute to the game he has loved since childhood charts the progression of a deep infatuation, exploring how Hornby's knowledge and passion for soccer affect every aspect of his life.

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I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: suddenly, inexplicably, uncritically, giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it.

- Nick Hornby

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