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Fever Pitch

(1992)
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Fever Pitch is both an autobiography and a footballing bible rolled into one. Nick Hornby pinpoints 1968 as his formative year--the year he turned 11, the year his parents separated, and the year his father first took him to watch Arsenal play. The author quickly moved "way beyond fandom" into an extreme obsession that has dominated his life, loves, and relationships. His father had initially hoped that Saturday afternoon matches would draw the two closer together, but instead Hornby became completely besotted with the game at the expense of any conversation: "Football may have provided us with a new medium through which we could communicate, but that was not to say that we used it, or what we chose to say was necessarily positive." Girlfriends also played second fiddle to one ball and 11 men. He fantasises that even if a girlfriend "went into labour at an impossible moment" he would not be able to help out until after the final whistle. Fever Pitch is not a typical memoir--there are no chapters, just a series of match reports falling into three time frames (childhood, young adulthood, manhood). While watching the May 2, 1972, Reading v Arsenal match, it became embarrassingly obvious to the then 15-year-old that his white, suburban, middle-class roots made him a wimp with no sense of identity: "Yorkshire men, Lancastrians, Scots, the Irish, blacks, the rich, the poor, even Americans and Australians have something they can sit in pubs and bars and weep about." But a boy from Maidenhead could only dream of coming from a place with "its own tube station and West Indian community and terrible, insoluble social problems." Fever Pitch reveals the very special intricacies of British football, which readers new to the game will find astonishing, and which Hornby presents with remarkable humour and honesty--the "unique" chants sung at matches, the cold rain- soaked terraces, giant cans of warm beer, the trains known as football specials carrying fans to and from matches in prison-like conditions, bottles smashing on the tracks, thousands of police officers waiting in anticipation for the cargo of hooligans. The sport and one team in particular have crept into every aspect of Hornby's life--making him see the world through Arsenal-tinted spectacles. --Naomi Gesinger



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"Funny, wise and true." - Roddy Doyle


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Hardback Editions

1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-575-05315-1 / 978-0-575-05315-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Imprint
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-241-98011-9 / 978-0-241-98011-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2014 : UK Paperback

Title: Fever Pitch (New Adult Easy Read)
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 1-78322-511-4 / 978-1-78322-511-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Readzone Books Ltd
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January 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-14-139534-6 / 978-0-14-139534-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2014 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-241-96989-1 / 978-0-241-96989-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-241-96846-1 / 978-0-241-96846-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-14-139181-2 / 978-0-14-139181-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-14-104549-3 / 978-0-14-104549-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-241-95020-1 / 978-0-241-95020-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-241-95308-1 / 978-0-241-95308-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-241-95019-8 / 978-0-241-95019-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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January 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-14-029557-7 / 978-0-14-029557-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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March 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 1-57322-688-2 / 978-1-57322-688-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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April 2005 : UK Paperback

Title: Fever Pitch (Covermount) (SS)
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-14-102414-3 / 978-0-14-102414-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-14-029344-2 / 978-0-14-029344-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 1999 : UK Paperback

Title: Fever Pitch (for Australia)
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-7528-3424-X / 978-0-7528-3424-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch Pb
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-575-40084-6 / 978-0-575-40084-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Indigo
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1996 : UK Perfect Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-575-40015-3 / 978-0-575-40015-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Indigo
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November 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-575-05910-9 / 978-0-575-05635-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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June 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-14-023729-1 / 978-0-14-023729-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-575-05635-5 / 978-0-575-05635-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Audio Editions

May 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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May 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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July 2004 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Fever Pitch (BBC MP3 CD Audio)
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-7540-7619-9 / 978-0-7540-7619-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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September 1999 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Fever Pitch: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-7540-0374-4 / 978-0-7540-0374-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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October 1999 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Fever Pitch: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-7540-5317-2 / 978-0-7540-5317-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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November 1993 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
ISBN: 0-00-104771-X / 978-0-00-104771-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kindle Editions

May 2005 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
Publisher: Penguin
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March 1998 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Fever Pitch
Author(s): Nick Hornby
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon