Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch
Any avid football fan will recognize at least a part of themselves in Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby’s touching yet humorous autobiographic account of his obsession with the beautiful game. Of course, that’s not to say that those without an interest in football won’t enjoy it either. Hornby seamlessly works key moments of his life from childhood through adolescence to adulthood into the book, and integrates them into accounts of watching his beloved Arsenal over a period of more than 20 years.
Hornby takes his audience on a trip through the years, and the psyche of the football fanatics that fill stadiums across the UK every weekend. But the woes and glories of his one and only ‘Gunners’ are also a reflection of the ups and downs of his own life, and of the nature of the human condition.
This unabridged reading by Julian Rhind-Tutt is perfect listening for fans of the game, and its simple yet-effective ‘match report’ structure makes it an audio book that’s as easy to dip into as it is to become immersed in. As well as providing a lot of autobiographic insight, it serves as a time capsule into a recent but almost forgotten romantic era of English football circa 1968-1992.