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Books in brief—Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

"This is not your average book about football"

By Chris Tilbury   December 2016

home-and-awayHome and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game by Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund (Harvill Secker, £18.99)

Despite the title and cover image of seats in a stadium, this is not your average book about football. The Scandinavian authors of Home and Away, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund, are not sports writers, nor do they have huge amounts of experience in the game, which makes a book recounting their experiences of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, told through a series of written exchanges, a strange proposition.

Ekelund, a novelist and translator,…

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