Books

Howler Book Club: Drawing the game out

Win a copy of The Illustrated History of Football, our latest book club selection The Illustrated History of Football (Random House UK, 2016), by David Squires The opening sentence of the Introduction to David Squires’ “The Illustrated History of Football” (details on how to win a copy below) reads, “Before the arrival of organized football, people …

Howler Book Club: Drawing the game out

Win a copy of The Illustrated History of Football, our latest book club selection The Illustrated History of Football (Random House UK, 2016), by David Squires The opening sentence of the Introduction to David Squires’ “The Illustrated History of Football” (details on how to win a copy below) reads, “Before the arrival of organized football, …

An interview with David Peace, author of Red or Dead

“I view Shankly as about as close to a 20th-century saint as it comes to Britain” Red or Dead author David Peace (Naoya Sanuki) It’s not often you get to read a book that really grabs your heart and mind and carries you along for hundreds and hundreds of pages, and then get to call the author …

Howler Book Club: Appreciating the unique style of Red or Dead

Some guiding words on how to get the most out of our inaugural Howler Book Club selection At 720 pages, David Peace’s Red or Dead is a thick novel. It’s up there with other will-breakers like Dostoevsky’s Demons, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, or Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The kind of …

Howler Book Club: Jurgen Klopp elicits the spirit of a Liverpool legend

Connecting with Liverpool’s past through their present (Liverpool FC) David Peace’s Red or Dead is our first ever Howler Book Club selection. Though its subject is iconic Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, a man who led the club from 1959–1974, Howler contributor and Liverpool fan Gaby Kirschner has found parallels between Shankly and what current Liverpool manager …

Reading the Game: Tracing the evolution of soccer literature

A look at the growth and maturation of soccer writing (Glen Noble) To mark the launch of Howler Book Club (see the review of our book for November here), Dennie Wendt examines the history of writing about the game and highlights a few works that make this project long overdue. People didn’t used to read about …

Howler Book Club: Red, and alive

Introducing Howler Book Club and the brilliant novel that kicks it off Bill Shankly (Shanklyhotel.com) We’re beyond excited to announce the start of Howler Book Club. Each month we’ll select a soccer book—new or not so new—that’s worthy of your time and our spotlight. Throughout the month we’ll have different features on whatahowler.com and the Dummy …

Albert Camus: From footballer to Nobel prize winner

This day in football history On 7 November 1913, Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus was born in Mondovi (now known as Dréan), French Algeria. Although famous for his novels and essays, he was once quoted as saying “All I know most surely about morality and obligations, I owe to football.” Camus attended the University of Algiers, …