Thursday, February 4, 2021

Ten top books about soccer

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His debut novel The Last Days of Disco was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and received exceptional critical acclaim, as did the other two books in the Disco Days Trilogy: The Rise & Fall of the Miraculous Vespas and The Man Who Loved Islands.

Ross's new novel is There’s Only One Danny Garvey.

At the Guardian he tagged ten of the best books about football, including:
The Van by Roddy Doyle

Perhaps a surprising addition to the team sheet but The Van captures the unfettered joy of an unexpected cup run. In this case, the Irish national team’s extraordinary World Cup finals performance at Italia ’90 provides the canvas for a portrait of tender, middle-aged friendship. When Jimmy Rabbitte Sr ploughs his unemployment money into a rundown fish-and-chip van, he unwittingly inspires the writing of every one of my books.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue