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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
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 * www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk * 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 *