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When Friday Comes: Football in the War Zone Paperback – August 28, 2008

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"Funny, exciting and thrilling, with tragedy at every turn, it's a deep but rewarding read" FourFourTwo "A courageous, amusing and informative work" Daily Telegraph "Accessible, well written and hugely entertaining ... one of the most fascinating sports books of 2008" Scotland on Sunday "Particularly recommended if you prefer your sporting non-fiction to have a dash of humour and a sprinkling of history" The Observer "A vibrant account of sport in the world's most volatile region" GQ

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James Montague lives in London and contributes regular pieces to the New Statesman, The Observer, The Guardian, Arena and GQ.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (August 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845963695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845963699
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,059,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book has some really interesting material--it's actually hard to believe that the author has gone to these lengths to get these stories. It has a number of vignettes that mesh soccer, culture, and politics well. Some passages, however, feel redundant and the quality of writing becomes sophomoric where the author injects big--excuse me, sesquipedalian--words without really knowing how to use them or where the quality of ideas fails to rise to the level of grandiloquence. A shorter, simpler, more intense version would have been a more pleasant read.
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