Game Of Our Lives


During the last two decades, football in Britain has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to being the very centre of our popular culture – what was once an economic basket case is now a booming entertainment industry. In this book David Goldblatt looks at how the alliance of the big clubs, FA administrators and Sky television created the Premiership out of the ashes of the 1980s.

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WINNER of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2015

In the last two decades football in Britain has made the transition from a peripheral dying sport to the very centre of our popular culture, from an economic basket-case to a booming entertainment industry. What does it mean when football becomes so central to our private and political lives? Has it enriched us or impoverished us?

In this sparkling book David Goldblatt argues that no social phenomenon tracks the momentous economic, social and political changes of the post-Thatcherite era in a more illuminating manner than football, and no cultural practice sheds more light on the aspirations and attitudes of our long boom and now calamitous bust. A must-read for the thinking football fan, The Game of Our Lives will appeal to readers of Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby and Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson. It will also be relished by readers of British social history such as Austerity Britain by David Kynaston.

‘Brilliantly incisive. Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been. Goldblatt’s book could hardly be more impressive’ Sunday Times

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Weight 0.277 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.4 cm






xxv, 374




796.3340942 (edition:23)


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