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Is Victorian masturbation anxiety the root cause of England's many World Cup failures? What links Roy Keane to a soldier who never lived but died in the Charge of the Light Brigade? And how did thick mud and wet leather shape the contours of the English soul? In this playful and highly original look at English football, David Winner, author of the acclaimed Brilliant Orange, journeys to the heart of Englishness itself, and shines a peculiar light on the true nature of a rapidly-changing game which was never really meant to be beautiful.
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By Jove this is a cracking yarn... [a] lovely book. -- Simon Inglis, Jewish Chronicle
Informed, witty and always engaging... think Peter Ackroyd writing the biography of English Football and you're halfway there. -- Metro
Informed, witty, and always engaging – Think Peter Ackroyd writing the biography of English football and you’re half-way there -- Alan Chadwick, Metro
Not really a history, more an attempt to tease out the defining characteristics of English football... a wonderfully enjoyable read -- John Gaustad, Daily Telegraph
Thank God for David Winner... a marvellous book and you're unlikely to come across anything better for some time. -- Four Four Two
A funny and intriguing history of English football by the author of the hugely acclaimed Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0747547386
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