The Football Factory by John King

The Football Factory

byJohn King

Paperback | May 20, 1997

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 95 plum® points

Ships within 1-2 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


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.

About The Author

John King lives in London. He is currently working on a collection of stories and two further novels.
China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition
China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition

by John King Fairbank


Ships within 3-5 weeks

Available in stores

Human Punk
Human Punk

by John King


In stock online

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:The Football FactoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:7.82 × 5.1 × 0.69 inPublished:May 20, 1997Publisher:Random House UK

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099731916

ISBN - 13:9780099731917

Look for similar items by category:

Nearby Stores

We found 0 nearby stores

Customer Reviews of The Football Factory


Extra Content

From Our Editors

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.