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The Far Corner By Harry Pearson,

  • Title: The Far Corner
  • Author: Harry Pearson
  • ISBN: 9780349108377
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • A book in which Wilf Mannion rubs shoulders with The Sunderland Skinhead recollections of Len Shakleton blight the lives of village shoppers and the appointment of Kevin Keegan as manager of Newcastle is celebrated by a man in a leather stetson, crooning For The Good Times to the accompaniment of a midi organ, THE FAR CORNER is a tale of heroism and human frailty, passA book in which Wilf Mannion rubs shoulders with The Sunderland Skinhead recollections of Len Shakleton blight the lives of village shoppers and the appointment of Kevin Keegan as manager of Newcastle is celebrated by a man in a leather stetson, crooning For The Good Times to the accompaniment of a midi organ, THE FAR CORNER is a tale of heroism and human frailty, passion and the perils of eating an egg mayonnaise stottie without staining your trousers.
    The Far Corner A book in which Wilf Mannion rubs shoulders with The Sunderland Skinhead recollections of Len Shakleton blight the lives of village shoppers and the appointment of Kevin Keegan as manager of Newcastle

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    1. The funniest book about football ever written brilliantly combines a footballing history of the North east of England with sharp observational comedy about the experience of attending a modern day game.

    2. Strictly of interest to social historians, The Far Corner is about football soccer in North East England in bygone days It is extremely funny but also rather sad NE England was a hotbed of developing football talent Today a player in one of the region s two Premier League teams is likely to come from Marseilles than Houghton Le Spring Even though the book was written in 1993, it brilliantly illustrates just how far down the sewer football in the UK has sunk since satellite TV and other sources [...]

    3. One of my top 5 books of all time A must for any football fan, this is the funniest book about football ever

    4. 20 years after it was written, this book is still one of my favourites Although its about football, its equally about the North East, its culture and its people It is affectionate, hilarious and truthful and pokes fun in a way that only someone from the North East can get away with Pearson crosses the region watching games spanning the full spectrum of league levels from Premier League Newcastle, down through into the non leagues, capturing a comprehensive picture of the passion and importance t [...]

    5. A very good book on football at all levels both amateur and professional in the North east Instructive and funny, it captures the various the highs and lows of football fandom A kind of blueprint for understanding who people become so obsessed with football and can become engrossed locally in the non league scene.

    6. did not know much about the northeast and i feel that most of this book was over my head I think im too young to know much and almost all of the leagues mentioned in the book are still not available in other countries other than England Still a good book but better for older readers who lived through the experience in early 90s england.

    7. There were quite a few of the references that went over my head To be a little overly critical, the book is a touch dated That being said, it did have me laughing out loud a couple of times and I think that Pearson does do a decent job of capturing the way that football is seen in the North East Not quite the style of book that I usually go for, but definitely one that I enjoyed.

    8. A lovely and quite funny travelogue of football in the midlands of England I ve never been to England, but thanks to Harry Pearson I feel like I ve seen my fair share of matches from the stands of Newcastle, Durhan City, middlesborough and the like.

    9. A hilarious book and a fascinating look at these small towns and communities held together by soccer I may not have understood many of the references or the slang, but hopefully when I get a chance to visit the northeast it will all come together.

    10. What a great understated book A genuine one you can t put down A true football fan book If you want one about violence and fake glamour move on this is not for you If you want a brilliant book about a true football fan dive in.

    11. Have long enjoyed Harry Pearson s writing and miss his Guardian columns greatly People of a certain age will love this book Arsenal supporters will empathise I really laughed out loud.

    12. If you are a soccer fan and understand British English, this is a hilarious book My wife mostly looked at me like I was crazy when I read passages to her, but I was laughing out loud on every page.

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