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The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-East Football Paperback – August 1, 1995

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Savagely funny and frequently moving...some of the humour is as full-blooded as a tackle by Bryan Robson... at times the author wanders off at a tangent, like Chris Waddle on a bad day, then that is the capricious nature of football. DAILY TELEGRAPH Forget Nick Horby's FEVER PITCH, this is the football book of the new age, a mix of heroism, humour and Norman Hunter, but mainly humour. SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Britain's best ever football book. NORTHERN ECHO Acidly funny, there is lots of relevant social comment. One of the best of the new genre. IRISH TIMES

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Harry Pearson is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to the GUARDIAN, WHEN SATURDAY COMES and a number of those men's magazines with women in bras on the cover. His second book, RACING PIG S AND GIANT MARROWS, was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook/DAILY TELEGRAPH Travel Book of the Year.

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Product Details

  • Series: Mazy Dribble Through North East Football
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349108374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349108377
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,129,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
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If you've ever wondered why football is such a followed tradition amongst the English hordes, this book should give you the clearest indication yet. It follows the life of one football fan as he travels around as many of the grounds in the North East of England as he can. With wonderful commentry, Pearson conveys the passion, the pride and the downright ridiculous of the average football fan. This book is a must for those that wish to relive those days of pints, pies and scarfs and an even greater must for those who wish to find out what all the fuss is about. A glowing testiment to the game, although some of the characters described might not agree!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lawrence on April 5, 2006
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This is the best read I've had in ages. An extremely humorous account of one man's winter spent visiting numerous football grounds on match days in the North East of England, a traditional hot bed for the game. So many accurate 'tell it like it is' observations of the local outlook on life in general.
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I really enjoyed this book. I have no way of confirming that what the author wrote is actually true since I have never been to England let alone the "Far Corner". Having grown up in the Northeast I am sure the author is quite familiar with all the cities and clubs. And he really does a great job of combining day to day life for its residents with the various soccer leagues such as the Northern League. And I very much enjoy his portrayals of the "old line" fans who come out for all the games, yet complain about a player's perceived lack of effort.
I have read other articles by the author and one area of the Northeast that he really makes out to be charmingly pathetic is Hartlepool.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a soccer fan of the entire sport, not just the Premier League.
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buy this one.

Just a joy to read. Humorous, poignant, hopeful, despairing.

For the non-soccer (football, please) lover, there is a wealth of social history, humour and insight into the british/english psyche. Every page a joy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on January 9, 2007
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I think the book is great and is certainly entertaining, but it translates poorly for an American.

Each chapter is a different trip to a game. The stories are interesting enough but I know very little about the specific region so I had trouble remembering what teams are where. The author does little to describe the different regions and the teams for that matter. Very choppy and difficult to understand with an American mind, but could be worth a read if you love soccer.
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