As we approach the quarter finals of the World Cup this weekend, and get ready to spend another 90 minutes sitting on the edge of our seats and biting our nails, hoping that England get through to the next stage, our staff decided to get into the spirit and put together a list of the best books about football.


Never say us bookish types aren't interested in sports. (Okay, most of us aren't, but still).

You can search for all the books on this list on our website.


'Fever Pitch' by Nick Hornby.

Fever Pitch is an autobiographical essay, written by Nick Hornby (author of wonderful books such as A Long Way Down, and About a Boy), and details his relationship with the game, and with one team in particular, Arsenal.

'The Damned United', by David Peace.

A biographical novel this time, that tells the story of football personality Brian Clough, set during his time as manager of Leeds United in 1974.



'Unseen Academicals', by Terry Pratchett.

A little different from the rest of the books on this list, but we love it, a librarian as a goalkeeper is always going to please us.

'Blessed', George Best's biography.

Members of staff at the bookbarn insisted this went on the list, mostly because of the quote, "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."



'Bend it Like Beckham', by Narinder Dhami.

The novelisation of the popular 2002 movie of the same title, which addresses different cultures, friendship, and a love of England's favourite sport.

'My Father and Other Working Class Football Heroes', by Gary Imlach.

A memoir from a son of his father, and a unique insight into working class football players in the late 50s.



'The Ball is Round', by David Goldblatt.

Aptly named, the Ball is Round, is filled with information on the full, global history of football, and is a must read for all football lovers. Still doesn't make it any easier to understand the offside rule, mind you.

'The Roar of the Lionesses: Women's Football in England', by Carrie Dunn.

The Lionesses dominated the last Women's world cup in Canada, and having a read through this title, by Carrie Dunn, reminds us that in both Women's and Men's football, we've got reasons to be proud and patriotic.



'Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer', by Gwendolyn Oxenham.

Written by Gwendolyn Oxenham, Under the Lights tells us the ins and outs of Women's soccer, the difficulties of being in an industry dominated by male figures. An interesting commentary and a must read.

'The Football Man', by Arthur Hopcraft. 

"Football matters, as poetry does to some people and alcohol does to others". A quote from the book, which was written in 1968, just two years after England's one and only world cup win. A must read for football fans during this current tournament, where England fans all over are insisting it's coming home.

-by Emma Bilsborough, Retail Team Leader.


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