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Two Brothers

Jonathan Wilson

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Biography: sport, Ball games, Football (Soccer, Association football)

The story of Jack and Bobby Charlton, and a family that characterised English football for decades

'A powerful chronicle of the transformation of English football and society through the prism of two very different characters' Irish Times

Jack was open, charismatic, selfish and pig-headed; Bobby was guarded, shy, polite and reserved to the point of reclusiveness. Jack was a gangling central defender who developed a profound tactical intelligence; Bobby an athletic attacking midfielder who disdained systems. Yet the Charlton brothers both enjoyed great success as football players and together, for England, they won the World Cup.

Two Brothers is both the story of the most famous football players of their generation and an account of late-twentieth-century English football: the tensions between flair and industry, between individuality and the collective, between right and left, between middle- and working-classes, between exile and home.

'Wilson is meticulous in providing all manner of nuggets' Sports Books of the Year, The Times

'Gripping' Daily Mail

'Moving... chronicles two remarkable lives' Guardian

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Praise for Two Brothers

  • Razor-sharp tactical analysis and an intriguing angle of its own - Irish Independent

  • Gripping - Daily Mail

  • Wilson is a fine, nuanced writer - TLS

  • This is a social history, yet surprisingly moving as it chronicles two remarkable lives - Guardian

  • A powerful chronicle of the transformation of English soccer and society through the prism of two very different characters - Irish Times

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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is a columnist for the Guardian and the founder and editor of The Blizzard. Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics was Football Book of the Year in 2009 and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. Seven of his other books have been shortlisted for football book of the year and he has also won the Premio Antonio Ghirelli in Italy. Angels with Dirty Faces did the double of football book and history book of the year at the Polish Sports Book Awards in 2018. He is a three-time recipient of the FSA Football Writer of the Year award and in 2023 was granted an honorary doctorate by the University of Sunderland. He writes for the Guardian and in 2011 founded The Blizzard, which he still edits.

Follow him on Twitter: @jonawils

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