Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters

Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters

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Daniel Gray is about to turn thirty. Like any sane person, his response is to travel to Luton, Crewe and Hinckley. After a decade's exile in Scotland, he sets out to reacquaint himself with England via what he considers its greatest asset: football. Watching teams from the Championship (or Division Two as any right-minded person calls it) to the South West Peninsula Premier, and aimlessly walking around towns from Carlisle to Newquay, Gray paints a curious landscape forgotten by many. He discovers how the provinces made the England we know, from Teesside's role in the Empire to Luton's in our mongrel DNA. Moments in the histories of his teams come together to form football's narrative, starting with Sheffield pioneers and ending with fan ownership at Chester, and Gray shows how the modern game unifies an England in flux and dominates the places in which it is played. Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters is a wry and affectionate ramble through the wonderful towns and teams that make the country and capture its very essence. It is part-football book, part-travelogue and part-love letter to the bits of England that often get forgotten, celebrated here in all their blessed eccentricity.London is the quietest I have ever seen it, yet where this silence would turn other places beige it animates Englanda#39;s capital. There is so much more time and space to inhale the nooks and crannies of its buildings, to let your mind conjure and be enraptured. Like many people, I have in the ... Stratford station belches me out into the glossy metal world of the Westfield Shopping Centre. A good rule in life isanbsp;...

Title:Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters
Author:Daniel Gray
Publisher:A&C Black - 2013-08-01


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