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Author: Bill Buford Narrator: Bill Buford Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9780525633419
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They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson. Download and start listening now!


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  • Animated, witty, and so pungent you can taste the stale lager. Washington Post Book World
  • A grotesque, horrifying, repellent and gorgeous book; A Clockwork Orange come to life. John Gregory Dunne 
  • An important, perhaps prophetic, book ... both exciting and sad at the core.... [Buford is] a superbly talented reporter. The New York Times Book Review
  • Brilliant ... one of the most unnerving books you will ever read. Newsweek
  • Like Michael Herr or Ryszard Kapuscinski, Buford has witnessed events which can only be compared in intensity to those of a war ... an unflinching look into the festering soul of England ... a fuckin' great read. David Byrne

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Miller | 6/1/2019

    " This is such a great book- the fruits of years of ethnographic research. Every few years, an incident happens in English football which makes people question the culture- is it racist, violent etc. This book describes a time that was on a whole different order of magnitude. The level of tribalism, and the thirst for violence was something largely forgotten or never even known of by most of us in the modern day. One of the great pieces of sociological research of our time, certainly one of the best I have read "

About the Author

Bill Buford has been a writer and editor for the New Yorker since 1995. Before that he was the editor of Granta magazine for sixteen years and, in 1989, became the publisher of Granta Books. He is also the author of Among the Thugs and Dirt. He was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and at Kings College, Cambridge.