The Football Factory

Paperback | May 20, 1997

byJohn King

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A raw, powerful first novel, The Football Factory centres on Tom Johnson, a reasoned 'Chelsea hooligan' who represents a disaffected society operating by brutal rules. We are shown the realities of life - social degradation, unemployment, racism, casual violence, excessive drink and bad sex - and, perhaps more importantly, how they fall into a political context of surveillance, media manipulation and division. Graphic and disturving, occasionally very funny, and deeply affecting throughout, The Football Factory is a vertiginous rush of adrenaline - the most authentic book yet onthe so-called English Disease.

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Football hooliganism is literally tackled by John King, say critics. The Football Factory will do for hooligans what Trainspotting did for Edinburgh housing estates. Mixed in with the graphic descriptions of gang violence are wonderful vignettes about laundry women, old men, small children and warehouse dreamers. In short, a spicy slic...

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A raw, powerful first novel, The Football Factory centres on Tom Johnson, a reasoned 'Chelsea hooligan' who represents a disaffected society operating by brutal rules. We are shown the realities of life - social degradation, unemployment, racism, casual violence, excessive drink and bad sex - and, perhaps more importantly, how they fal...

John King lives in London. He is currently working on a collection of stories and two further novels.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:7.82 × 5.1 × 0.69 inPublished:May 20, 1997Publisher:Random House UK

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ISBN - 10:0099731916

ISBN - 13:9780099731917

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passionate This book is for anyone that has ever had the pleasure/misfortune of standing on a football terrace. Also a good look at the class structure and social arena of Britain.
Date published: 2000-01-10

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Football hooliganism is literally tackled by John King, say critics. The Football Factory will do for hooligans what Trainspotting did for Edinburgh housing estates. Mixed in with the graphic descriptions of gang violence are wonderful vignettes about laundry women, old men, small children and warehouse dreamers. In short, a spicy slice of inner-city London life.