Nick Hornby is one of my favourite authors. Little wonder then that I have not reviewed any of his books–it’s the dreaded Monteiro review curse, you see. I’ll writer about his other books in another post. This review is for a book that I put down once because the book was hard to read–crappy binding, small fonts–and because I picked it up at the wrong time.
Fever Pitch is Hornby’s tribute to Arsenal football. He started following Arsenal when his father took him to a game and he’s been an Arsenal supporter ever since. Hornby takes us through the trials of being a die-hard football fan in a way that only he can. Hornby’s sense of humour and his good writing comes through, in what was to be his first of many books.
This is more than just a book about a football fan though. Hornby also draws parallels between his “regular” life and his life as a football fan, and it makes for good reading. Hornby is the obsessive fan and if you are an obsessive fan, whatever the sport, you will identify with the book. (It’s hard to explain the obsessiveness to non-obsessive fans. Sometimes, there’s nothing more mind-numbing, gut-wrenching, and depressing than being a football fan and Hornby’s book captures this beautifully.)
If you’re an Arsenal fan and haven’t read this book, you should. If you’re an obsessive fan, you’ll still enjoy the book, no matter what club you belong to–other than Spurs of course.