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Kick and Run : Memoir with Soccer Ball

Wilson, Jonathan
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Bloomsbury Reader)
Published: October 22, 2013
ISBN: 9781448213788
274 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


‘Jonathan Wilson is an intellectual hooligan: Kick and Run is a book of brilliant anecdotes and fantastic wit, nostalgia and twisted love. This memoir is full of sharp insights, a sort of Speak Memory centered on the mysteries of soccer and fandom and revealing an amazing world of Jewish culture and history.’ Josip Novakovich, Man Booker International Prize finalist

Growing up Jewish in London with a difficult home life, Jonathan Wilson had plenty of reasons to feel he didn’t belong, and one reason to feel certain he did: football. Wilson discovered his love for the game as a young boy; through his adolescence and adulthood and well into his later years it remained an important part of his life.

Football became Wilson’s international passport, helping him find friends and community and solace all over the globe, from England to Israel to the US. Whether working on a kibbutz or teaching literature to young Americans, traveling through Russia or raising children, the sport remained a constant in his life.

Kick and Run is a gripping, funny, sometimes heartbreaking account of a life well lived and a game played, if not always masterfully, then certainly with the utmost passion.

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