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The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-East Football

Harry Pearson

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The Hungry Student, Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

* 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.

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Praise for The Far Corner: A Mazy Dribble Through North-East Football

  • 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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Harry Pearson

Harry Pearson was born and brought up on the edge of Teesside. He is the author of eight works of non-fiction. The Far Corner - A Mazy Dribble through North-East Football, was runner-up for the William Hill Prize and has been named as one of the Fifty Greatest Sports Books of All Time by both the Observer and The Times. He wrote a weekly sports column in the Guardian from 1996 to 2012, and won the 2011 MCC/Cricket Society Prize for his book about Northern club cricket, Slipless in Settle. He lives in Northumberland.