Fever Pitch

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A book by the English writer Nick Hornby, cataloguing the vicissitudes in mood and emotions of a supporter of the London-based soccer club Arsenal. The book is a selective, confessional memoir of a self-confessed obsessive, focusing upon Hornby's own adolescence and young adulthood, and the importance of soccer as a form of identity, a constant form of comfort blanket. The book is based upon particular matches played by Arsenal, and by Cambridge United when the Hornby character was at university; matches and scores are springboards from which Hornby reflects on a myriad of topics and issues, witty and melancholy in turn. Published in 1992, the book spawned numerous imitators, and two films, one in the USA where soccer was replaced by baseball as the focus of the central character's obsession.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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Nick Hornby (b. 1957)

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