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    • ISBN:9780349139753
    • Publication date:06 Jun 2013

The Far Corner

A Mazy Dribble Through North-East Football

By Harry Pearson

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  • £9.99

* Covering the game at all levels from St. James's Park to Langley Park, from Roker to Willington, THE FAR CORNER is Harry Pearson's brilliant account of the north-east's experience of the 1993-1994 football season.

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, passion and the perils of eating an egg mayonnaise stottie without staining your trousers.

Biographical Notes

Harry Pearson is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to the GUARDIAN, WHEN SATURDAY COMES and a number of those men's magazines with women in bras on the cover. His second book, RACING PIG S AND GIANT MARROWS, was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook/DAILY TELEGRAPH Travel Book of the Year.

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  • ISBN: 9780349108377
  • Publication date: 03 Aug 1995
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Abacus
Savagely funny and frequently moving ... Some of the humour is as full-blooded as a tackle by Bryan Robson ... At times the author wanders off at a tangent, like Chris Waddle on a bad day, then that is the capricious nature of football — DAILY TELEGRAPH
Forget Nick Horby's FEVER PITCH, this is the football book of the new age, a mix of heroism, humour and Norman Hunter, but mainly humour — SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR
Britain's best ever football book — NORTHERN ECHO
Acidly funny, there is lots of relevant social comment. One of the best of the new genre — IRISH TIMES
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