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Out of Time

1966 and the End of Old-Fashioned Britain (Wisden Sports Writing)

By Peter Chapman

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Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 July 2016
In the summer of 1966 Peter Chapman was a naive 18-year-old from the Angel in north London. He was just about to enter the world of work, having flunked his A Levels and recently discovered that he would not be fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional footballer at Leyton Orient. As a young man on the brink of adulthood, he found himself in a country also on the brink of huge change - and about to have one of the most significant sporting successes in its history. Focused around England's one and only World Cup victory, Out of Time tells the story of that summer - both the football and the country's broader political, social and economic picture - through his 18-year-old eyes, and offers a vivid and beautifully written portrait of what life was like in 1966.

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A vibrant and captivating portrait of the summer of 1966 - as a man, a team and a country all teetered on the cusp of momentous change

About the Author

Peter Chapman was brought up in Islington, north London. In the mid-1960s, he played in goal for Leyton Orient junior and colts teams. He was a correspondent for the BBC, Guardian and Observer in Central America and Mexico from 1981 to 1986. He covered two World Cups -- Mexico 1986 and Italy 1990 - for ITV and is now a reporter, feature writer and editor at the Financial Times, where he plays five- and six-a-side football. He lives in south London, in West Norwood, where the stolen World Cup trophy was found in March 1966 by a local dog, Pickles, out for his evening walk.


It is a book to read avidly from cover to cover * * Excellent * Choice Magazine * Very enjoyable * The Financial Times * Out of Time describes with charm and self-deprecating humour the attractions of sexual fumbling, holidays abroad, the London music scene, Chinese food and much else. But this joyous book, a memoir of late adolescence laced with social and football history, is also a catalogue of both the untidiness and the limits of change, and a reminder that even in London opportunities were circumscribed and aspirations often throttled. -- Mark Damazer * The Financial Times * I loved it ... brings the year vividly alive -- Jim Crace Out of Time is a gentle and affectionate portrait of the capital's gradual awakening to the charm of pop culture at that time. * The Economist * The most enjoyable of these books -- Richard Williams in his round-up of the latest books relating to England's World Cup year * The Guardian * Chapman is as good on the background - a post-war childhood and adolescence, with bomb sites all around - as he is on the football. -- Richard Williams * The Guardian * An exuberantly brilliant memoir. There's a way we football fans have of clapping with our hands above our heads. There are many passages in Peter Chapman's book - even single sentences - that make me want to do just that in sheer admir-ation. For good measure, perhaps I'd throw in a cheer and an expletive of delight too. -- Adrian Chiles * The Tablet * Peter Chapman's exercise in nostalgia Out of Time reminds us of a year when for England, almost anything seemed possible, on and off the pitch, 1966 * Philosophy Football * This evocative book interweaves Peter's personal memories with recollections of major events of the time and, of course, that World Cup triumph * Choice *

EAN: 9781472917157
ISBN: 1472917154
Publisher: Wisden
Dimensions: 23.62 x 16 x 3.05 centimetres (0.57 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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