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The Unfortunates

Johnson, B. S.
Format: Hardback
Publisher: PAN MACMILLAN (Picador)
Published: October 8, 1999
ISBN: 9780330353298
288 pages

£20.00

A sports journalist, sent to a Midlands town on a weekly assignment, finds himself confronted by ghosts from the past when he disembarks at the railway station. Memories of one of his best, most trusted friends, a tragically young victim of cancer, begin to flood through his mind as he attempts to go about the routine business of reporting a football match. B. S. Johnson’s famous ‘book in a box’, in which the chapters are presented unbound, to be read in any order the reader chooses, is one of the key works of a novelist now undergoing an enormous revival of interest. It is a book of passionate honesty and dark, courageous humour: a meditation on death and a celebration of friendship which also offers a remarkably frank self-portrait of its author.

Though never named, it is set in Nottingham and you can work your way round the city

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