Thursday, February 04, 2021

Top ten books about soccer

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His debut novel The Last Days of Disco was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and received exceptional critical acclaim, as did the other two books in the Disco Days Trilogy: The Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespas and The Man Who Loved Islands.

Ross's new novel is There’s Only One Danny Garvey.

At the Guardian he tagged ten of the best books about football, including:
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Hornby’s memoir details his obsessional relationship with a football club that wouldn’t have been his obvious geographical choice. The club begins to fill an emotional hole in his young life as his parents’ relationship fractures. Hornby doesn’t hold back from elucidating how irrational the life of a football fan can become as the fixtures begin to govern his own relationships with those close to him. It’s the best book ever written about what it means to dedicate your life to one team, through thick and thin. Just a pity it had to be Arsenal!
Read about another entry on the list.

Fever Pitch is among Nicholas Wroe's top six sporting landmarks in literature, John Gustad's top ten sports books, and Mihir Bose's top ten soccer books.

--Marshal Zeringue