Fever Pitch

Fever Pitch

by Nick Hornby

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573226882
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1998
Edition description: 1ST RIVERH
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 138,183
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.71(d)
Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nick Hornby is the author of seven internationally bestselling novels (Funny Girl, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked) and several works of  non-fiction including Fever Pitch, Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub. He has written screenplay adaptions of Lynn Barber’s An Education, nominated for an Academy Award, Cheryl Strayed's Wild and Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn. He lives in London.

Date of Birth:

April 17, 1957

Place of Birth:

Redhill, Surrey, England


Jesus College, Cambridge University

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Fever Pitch 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the UK the Arsenal Fans are known as Gooners and this was their piece of history. The characterisation and writing is wonderful and the drama so brilliantly played out that the Gooners can re-live their Nirvana again and again. Don't read if you're a Spurs fan
Nathandrew More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantastic book if you are a big English soccer fan (Arsenal in particular). I got into it more just because I have a general liking of the sport and was interested in a different perspective of the game. And I guess thats what I got? Nick is obsessed with the game and he makes that known from the beginning, so to be honest you know what your getting into. But that obsession really put me off. He talks more about the game than his unnamed lover, he gets more worked up about whats going on in a soccer game than about the death of fans a few stadiums over, and repeatedly worries about having kids, not because of the natural "Oh Crap I'm having kids" tendencies we all have but because that might mean he will have to miss ONE game to go watch the BIRTH OF HIS CHILD!  Overall the book was interesting but not something I would read again. For me its a 2 star book but it looks like some other people disagree. Good Luck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone must find a passion in life and gain experience from failures and triumphs; in Nick Hornby¿s ¿Fever Pitch¿ a boy grows up under the wing of a soccer club and gains valuable life experiences from the anguish of defeat and the glory of victory. This semi-autobiographical book outlines Hornby¿s life with the backdrop of a lifetime obsession for London-based Arsenal. It starts when his parents become divorced and he finds comfort in the swearing and dirty crowds of Highbury Stadium in North London. As his life changes, his obsession does not. He tells readers about the anguish and torment it causes him but always comes back to the comfort of the hooligans and the small glimmers of hope every season. This book is very insightful, and achieves its theme of growth by using obscure references to soccer games as a continuing motif. These help connect the ongoing growth of Hornby with the condition of Arsenal in a particular game or season. The games are not summarized and only clear and precise images are recalled in order to give the author¿s true feeling during that point in his life. Each chapter is based on a certain game and how that pertains to Hornby¿s maturation. Arsenal¿s condition as a team, directly relates to his feelings on life. This technique does, however, make it hard for someone not familiar with English soccer to follow. Hornby takes for granted that one knows who Crystal Palace is and that the FA cup final is played at Wembley stadium. For those even slightly familiar with the EPL, however, the book is a direct hit on the soul of a sports fan and the agony it brings through shadows of hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this witty book makes me say 'Oh, so it's the common feeling of every footie mad?' as for more than ten years I question whether my obsession in footie is a normal thing or not- especially that I'm a girl. The more I read it, the more it makes me laugh and cry remebering all those feelings. The very kind of book every footie-mad would write, so thanx to Mr. Hornby for bring this madness to the world. For footie haters, this is what we -the lovers- are. Two thumbs up!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's an honest, hysterical and frighteningly real novel about the sheer pain of being a football fan. He gets it right when he says real supporters of a team don't enjoy a single second of it. He correctly illustrates the torture a fanatic goes through. Brilliant!
manatree on LibraryThing 7 months ago
another "commuter bus read"Hornby's always a good read, this one was dampened by my utter lack of knowledge of the English soccer realm. Entertaining none the less.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I have often wondered what makes people (well, mainly men) spend ever increasing sums following football teams, getting royally ripped off while the players get richer and further away from their fans in every possible way........This novel (though it's not really fiction) goes some way to explaining the mindset of the fanatical fan. Hornby brings a warming combination of laddishness and intellect to the subject, and even if you don't like football there are some good jokes here. I particularly liked the gloriously improbable proposition of picking a favourite dismissal to take to a desert island. Wonderfully eccentric, but I knew exactly what he meant.
CloggieDownunder on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I pretty much hate all forms of football. The fact that I read a book about football (to the British, that is: the rest of the world calls it soccer) from cover to cover, smirking, chuckling and at times laughing out loud, attests, once again, to the talent of Nick Hornby as a wordsmith. This book is witty and clever, incredibly insightful about obsession and definitely worth a read!
Othemts on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Hornby writes a memoir of his life through the prism of his fandom of the Arsenal football club. Each entry starts with a particular football match but spins out from there to include details of Hornby's life, family, career, and how the fate of his team reflects the ebb and flow of his life. It's a great personal analysis of fandom, sports obsession, and group identity. If you've seen either of the films supposedly based on this book keep in mind that this is a memoir not a novel and there is no "love triangle" element in which a man is caught between the sport and a woman.Even though this book has been adapted into two different movies that make it out as a love triangle among man, woman, and the sport he's obsessed with, this book is not a novel. It's a memoir about soccer in the same way that Rocky is about boxing or Jaws is about a shark. Hornby uses memories of his beloved Gunners matches as a launching point to tell stories of his life, his obsession, and worldview. He also examines English culture and sporting life as it changes over the course of his life. A funny and insightful memoirs, this book is NOT just for sports' fans.
Griff on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A must read for anyone with an obsession. Hornby's? Arsenal football. Reading about his life at (and thinking about) the pitch should resonate with anyone with an equal, though different, obsession (sports or otherwise).For those Tull fanatics, substitute albums, group members, concerts, pre- and post-concert gatherings and sightings for championships, players, matches, and pub discussions. In doing so, it may be a frightening self revelation. The extent to which obsessive behavior melds into daily life is eye opening. The mention of a memorable lyric to someone here. ("It's only the giving that makes you what you are.") The humming of a favorite tune there. (For a Thousand Mothers in my case.) The proud exclamation of history witnessed. ("I saw Tull perform A Passion Play in its entirety!") The demonstration of years of devotion. ("When I first saw them play, Clive and Glenn were still in the group.") The glory. ("I still have my copy of Rolling Stone that featured Ian on the cover.") The agony. ("I was devastated when Ian released Walk Into Light. Where was the acoustic guitar? What was with all that Vettese keyboard crap?") It all sounds a bit like Hornby and his mention of big wins, devastating losses, and total domination of his life by Arsenal football.Hornby writes with such wit, such self deprecating humor, and yet, with an insight that leaves an impact. Fever Pitch provided a quick and enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
istvan13 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Simply the best sports book ever written, because it doesn't really discuss what happens on the field. No, it asks a deeper question: Why do so many people care so much about a team of rich men who play a boys' game? Why do we put such value on sports teams? It's a gripping tale of obsession ¿ and the need to belong. Fantastic. Oh, and it's about Arsenal, too. That makes it even better.
wenestvedt on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Loved the book; the Red Sox-themed movie adaptation was good enough if one pretends it's not at all related to this book.
knitcrazybooknut on LibraryThing 7 months ago
An original memoir, written entirely around various football (soccer) games. Well-written, completely engaging, and only slightly too focused on football for a non-fan, Fever Pitch takes you down the road with Mr. Hornby from youth to adulthood. When I picked this book up to read it, I thought it was a novel. He held my attention so well, I devoured it in a matter of days, reading only in brief glimpses. Great for commuting or reading in snippets, as it's divvied up into brief chapters matching the games he's chosen to write about here. Well balanced, plotted, and easily read, with plenty of chances to recognize your own obsession as he describes his own.
hudsy on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Made obsession acceptable
paulmorriss on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Although I love Nick's fiction I'm not really a fan of football, so I abandoned this book after a bit. I tried skipping through to find the biographical bits, and then I realised the book is a biography really.
roblong on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Read it to get me in the mood for the new season, and it worked a charm - done without much fanfare and really effective, full of 'ah, yes, I know that' moments, in a good way. Strange now to read about Arsenal in their pre-Wenger days when everybody hated them (I certainly did).
anikins on LibraryThing 11 months ago
i love this book (even if i'm not really an arsenal fan). well-written by a clearly obsessive fan, its apologies for being so in the text were not needed, really. it's hilarious, well-knowing and overall a good, fun read.
timj on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Lots of laughs, lots of soul searching and a great deal of irrational fanaticism. An insight into what makes some people tick.
trench_wench on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Having been forced into being an Arsenal fan from an early age (I blame my older brother), I have to admit the deep shame of not having read this book until now. The book is really a sort of memoir - Hornby can mark all the major events of his life by what was happening with the Gunners at the time. I found his musings hilarious, and I love Hornby's upfront and honest style. This is not just a book for Arsenal supporters or football fans, it is a book for anyone who has ever had an obsession that has dominated most of their lives. he also has some pertinent remarks to make about the less savoury aspects of football, and the state of the beautiful game today. Very enjoyable - one you can dip in and out of easily too.
miketroll on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This retrospective journal of an ardent soccer fan was a big hit in the UK when it was first published in 1992. The appeal of the book is by its nature limited. Few outside the UK would grasp many local references. Indeed, a long-standing interest in English League football is almost a prerequisite to understanding. Still, Fever Pitch remains one of the most thoughtful books written about any sport. The phenomenon of obsessive, lifelong adherence to an English football club (in Hornby¿s case, Arsenal) is vastly different to the US experience of following a football or baseball team. In the US, people go to sports events for pleasure, to have a good time, often with their families. In Britain, attendance at soccer matches is a predominantly male thing, a matter of serious, intense identification with the team, not pleasure in the game. Hornby explores this intensity with real knowledge borne of personal experience. It is wholly irrational, but¿. as he dryly observes, young men develop obsessions while young women develop personalities. He also argues, interestingly, that the boredom, disappointment and anticlimax accompanying regular football watching are a focus, an outlet for the depressive feelings that are part and parcel of dull, southern English suburban life. It¿s not only extrovert feelings that need expression!One wonders how Hornby will update some aspects of his story. For most of it, Arsenal are a team with more potential than achievement, and even their real success in the early 90s looks like being short-lived. Hornby still sees Arsenal as the team everyone loves to hate. So what does he say now that Arsenal have risen to the level, in several successive years, of glamorous European superstars? The team everyone loves to hate? Arsenal?Love them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two years prior to reading this, I became a fan of Arsenal. This is amazing, for me it hits heights it won't for others, but it is a brilliant chronicle of what it's like to be a football fan, and what it was like before the Barclay's family-friendlying of the Prem. Often doesn't overly romanticize it (in my opinion) so much as record the experience.
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