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Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball by Jonathan Wilson
Agassi does not easily forgive, and his book is larded with extremely backhanded compliments for those who have crossed him. Sampras is one of the more highly regarded opponents in Mr. Several of the post-colonial nationalist leaders understood its potency, even overseeing their own favoured teams. Later on, Bobby Moore and four of his World Cup winning team-mates endorsed apartheid by accepting lucrative deals to play in South Africa. The book also examines the vexed issue of national teams so often having coaches from Europe.
Throughout, Hawkey neatly sidesteps the cliches that dog so much coverage of African football, barring one lengthy section on voodoo and fetishes. We say: An instant classic revealing more about Cantona than even he probably knows. This is a very French book about a brilliant anglophile French footballer, written by a very good anglophile French journalist.
It takes its subject seriously and asks that you do the same. Here we have cerebral football, in a book for the ages, actually about the game itself. All the outstanding humourists are included — Atkinson, Redknapp, Clough, Shankly, Greaves, Fry, Mourinho — but there are some beauties from surprising sources. Plus I was out of the side for three weeks before that. I got cramp before half time as well.
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But Goldblatt has packed the book with detail, stories, match reports and rumination. It can be read cover-to-cover or dipped into. I found myself zipping around the globe, and across time, from Saudia Arabia to Ireland, from Bolton to Calcutta. The book moves from comments on types of studs to descriptions of matches. Part of the joy of The Ball Is Round is its eclecticism.
We say: Elegant, intelligent, digressive study of two footballing geniuses and their times. The Beautiful Game?
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The book is also the story of the collision between these hardy souls and the suits who see the game as another business opportunity. The story about the goat says it all really. He never trained. Years later, they remembered the money, and discovered a rotting mass of sodden paper. The book is full of intriguing sidelights on Brazilian popular culture, its hedonism, piety and wondrous absurdity. Bellos takes us to the Amazon, to Uruguay and to the Faroe Islands, where several Brazilian players have recently settled.
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My Name Is Monster by Katie Hale Canongate In this debut about motherhood and apocalypse, Monster washes up on the coast of Scotland believing herself the last creature left alive. Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes by Shahidha Bari Cape The scholar and broadcaster examines clothes as objects of fashion and means of self-expression, in a book that ranges across art, film and literature.
Live a Little by Howard Jacobson Cape A funny, provocative novel about falling in love at the very end of your life, from the Man Booker winner. I Am Sovereign by Nicola Barker Heinemann Boutique teddy bear makers and Llandudno estate agents: a typically out-there novella from the author of the Goldsmiths-winning H a ppy.
Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky Penguin Classics The Belarusian journalist and oral historian presents one of her distinctive collages of interviews, on Soviet childhood during the second world war. Poetry The Tradition by Jericho Brown Picador Follow-up to The New Testament , this second collection presents work that deals with freedom and fatherhood, queerness, race and worship. Non- fiction How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi Bodley Head The winner of the National book award for his historical study Stamped from the Beginning has written a part-memoir, part-treatise that reframes what being racist means.
Sex Power Money by Sara Pascoe Faber The award-winning comedian gets anthropological on serial dating, pornography and sex education. A new novel by Jessie Burton Picador No title confirmed, but the latest from the author of The Miniaturist will tackle love, sex, work, motherhood. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout Viking The follow-up to the much-loved Olive Kitteridge , which focused on a retired schoolteacher in Maine and won the fiction Pulitzer. Non-fiction Autobiography by John Cooper Clarke Picador The title is as yet unfixed, but this is the long-awaited memoir of the punk performance poet, who toured with Linton Kwesi Johnson, and appeared on the same bill as the Sex Pistols, Joy Division and many other bands.
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Perhaps he is waiting for Brexit before adding the finishing touches. The title is as yet unknown. Lucian Freud by William Feaver Bloomsbury The first in a two-part biography of the major British postwar artist, written by his confidant, to whom he spoke on the phone for at least an hour a day for almost 40 years. Fiction Grand Union by Zadie Smith Hamish Hamilton Her first short story collection brings together 10 new pieces and 10 written over the past two decades; a historical novel about highwaymen will probably follow next year.
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Who Am I Again? The Windrush Betrayal by Amelia Gentleman Guardian Faber The prize-winning Guardian reporter builds on her investigative journalism to tell the story of the scandal that has exposed disturbing truths about modern Britain.