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Told through unreliable recollection, florid local newspaper coverage and bizarre committee minutes,aHow Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cupais both entertaining and moving. There will never be players again like Alex Slingsby, Sid 'the Shooting Star' Swift aand the immortal milkman-turned-goalkeeper, Monkey Tonks.
James Lloyd Carr, born 1912, attended the village school at Carlton Miniott in the North Riding and Castleford Secondary School. He died in Northamptonshire in 1994. His novel A Month in the Country won the Guardian Fiction Prize, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made into a memorable film.
It's a comic story about sportsmanship and underdogs; it's also a slightly wistful portrait of village life and provincial decency, as well as a beautifully written hymn to doggedness and eccentricity. This gently humorous novella is the anti-Ronaldo. -- Robbie Millen * The Times * An extraordinary performance, simultaneously one of the greatest football novels ever written and a penetrating report card from a world where fiction rarely lingers, at once a comic masterpiece and a study in national temperament that the doughtiest social historian would struggle to match. -- DJ Taylor * Guardian *