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Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Amazon Reader Review #20 (Paperback Edition): Funniest book I've read in a long while!
This book is an absolute triumph - especially considering it is Scaffardi's debut work. The characters are well thought out and endearing, the situations they manage to get themselves into (especially the protagonist Daniel) are hilarious, and the overall result is an incredibly readable, feel good, highly amusing adventure which will have you smiling for days. Cannot recommend highly enough. Buy it and have a really good laugh. 5/5 stars
Amazon Reader Review #21 (Paperback Edition): Class
A great read,very funny and well written. Mr Scafardi has a lot of talent. The book has you from the first pages. 5/5 stars
Amazon Reader Review #22 (Paperback Edition): A very funny and endearing read
I know this book is supposed to be "lad lit", but it really has a wonderfully broad appeal - anyone reading this has met characters like the ones the author has managed to create, and this brings each and every (often hysterical) situation to life. Scaffardi has managed to create a highly sympathetic protaganist who, despite his flaws, you will be rooting for throughout, and cringing with when it all goes wrong (which it often does!) There are very few books that I've read recently that have had me laughing out loud, frequently in public places to the amusement of those around me! For a debut novel, this is a massively accomplished book, and I for one can't wait for the next one. 5/5 stars
Monday, 13 February 2012
Those tears signified a love affair that still burns strong 24 years later. At that point I realised that life (and weekends in particular) would never be the same again. This football club had my heart, and despite the fact they would break it countless times over the years, I would always go back because, just like a drug addiction, the high you got from the good times were so good that you simply can't ever turn your back on them.
What Nick Horby has done in Fever Pitch is capture all of that emotion of the pain and joy that football brings, and put it down on the pages of a book and delivered it like a group of hardcore footy fans having a chat over a pint in the pub on a Saturday afternoon after the match.
You have got to be a lover of the beautiful game to truly appreciate and enjoy this book. Written in an autobiographical style, Hornby uses the backdrop of his obsession with Arsenal FC to recount his life story from an 8-year-old boy on the terraces with his father, right up until what was arguably the most exciting climax to a football season in 1989 when a last-gasp Michael Thomas goal snatched the championship title for the Gunners straight out under the noses from the team who's team name I can't say!
Everything that happens in Hornby's life - from his family to girlfriends to his education - revolves around football.Purists of the game will love this book, especially those who remember a time when money didn't rule with an iron fist, and the divide between players and fans was not as large as the astronomical sums of money they earn today.
But if you have little or no interest in football (or if you're a Spurs fan!), then you are probably best picking up another of Hornby's novels because this is going to be lost on you!
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
The Drought! Available now at Amazon and all good bookshops.