The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football (Paperback)
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William Hill Sports Book of the Year Winner

This title is shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015. The Game of Our Lives by David Goldblatt - The Meaning and Making of English Football. In the last two decades football in Britain has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very centre of our popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry. What does it mean when football becomes so central to our private and political lives? Has it enriched us or impoverished us? In this sparkling book David Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon tracks the momentous economic, social and political changes of the post-Thatcherite era in a more illuminating manner than football, and no cultural practice sheds more light on the aspirations and attitudes of our long boom and now calamitous bust. A must-read for the thinking football fan, The Game of Our Lives will appeal to readers of Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby and Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson. It will also be relished by readers of British social history such as Austerity Britain by David Kynaston. "Goldblatt doesn't just understand the social context of the game. He also has a nose for the best stories." (Simon Kuper on The Ball Is Round).

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241955260
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


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Brilliantly incisive. Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been. Goldblatt's book could hardly be more impressive -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times *
Offers an enlightening, enriching experience. It is based on a formidable range of sources, personal observation and a pleasingly sardonic turn of phrase. Not all football writers know their stuff, let alone the socio-economic context, but Goldblatt does. Altogether this is an exceptional book -- David Kynaston * Guardian *
Not just the best soccer book in many years but an exemplary account of the changing character of British society in the post-Thatcher era -- David Runciman * Wall Street Journal *
David Goldblatt examines [English football] peerlessly ... A superb history of a sport and of a nation * Evening Standard *
Goldblatt is a trusted guide ... Rich with statistics, this is an admirably balanced account of the beautiful game * Daily Mail *
Prodigious research and a fluent writing style ... this is a fine book which should have an appeal much beyond the game -- Mihir Bose * Independent *
An encyclopaedic portrait of English football stripped of all the non-stop hype. The beautiful game is, after all, a dirty business * Financial Times (Life & Arts) *
An intensely readable socioeconomic study of English football in the age of globalisation * New Statesman *
A book that informs and inspires, a truly great piece of writing * Philosophy Football *
The best pub talker of a book for years * Sunday Sport *
Goldblatt has a gift for exploring the way the game holds a mirror up to our lives ... His deconstruction of the modern game could hardly be bettered * Observer *
[A] bold analysis of Britain's economic and social change refracted through football * The Times *
A salient overview of the past quarter-century * Times Literary Supplement *

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“A thoroughly deserving winner of the William Hill Prize 2015!”

A thoroughly deserving winner of the William Hill Prize 2015! Goldblatt’s magnum opus is The Ball is Round, an all-encompassing global history of the beautiful game. Here in The Game of Our Lives he focusses on the... More

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