The 2018 World Cup is here! To help celebrate, our football-mad booksellers from our Birmingham shop, Jack and Matt, have put together a great selection of books to enhance your football fever.
Football Clichés by Adam Hurrey
Moaning about the standard of commentary is an integral part of any World Cup, we would not want it any other way. This is an delightful guide to all those clichés we are going to hear over the next month. A top, top book.
Twelve Yards by Ben Lyttleton
I think most of us would delighted for England to return to the glory days of reaching the knockout rounds before losing a penalty shootout. If Gareth Southgate has read this book they might even win one this time, after all he knows a bit about them already.
Football in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
Possibly the most poetic book I've read about football. Galeano delves into the history of the "beautiful game", offering cultural insights alongside unflinching attacks on corruption (hint, he's not really a fan of FIFA). Far superior to his prequel "Football on a wet and windy night in Stoke".
World Cup Guide 2018 from Racing Post
A comprehensive guide to this years tournament, with detailed reviews on all the teams and star players, they were even kind enough to include England. Desperately need to know how many goals South Korea score between the 28-36 minute mark of a match? Then this is the book for you.
Do You Speak Football? by Tom Williams
A fantastic book that takes you on a global tour, all whilst introducing you to unique footballing terms. My favourite so far, the Bosnian term "poslati ga po burek" or "to send someone for a pie". It certainly beats squeaky bum time.