- Publisher: Corgi Books
- Format: Paperback | 544 pages
- Dimensions: 110mm x 178mm x 36mm | 300g
- Publication date: 21 June 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0552153370
- ISBN 13: 9780552153379
- Sales rank: 1,595
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too). As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!
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Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. His fortieth Discworld novel, Raising Steam, was published in 2013. His books have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. He died in March 2015. www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob
By Mrs T.A. Peirce 02 Mar 2012
I love Terry Pratchett novels they are gentle gems of humor that do what a good fantasy should - allow you to escape to another world in this case Discworld and the city of Ank-Morpork.
Following this story as I have for many years , i have noticed that Mr Pratchett is a consistent writer with a steady hand and wry humor which is very evident in the characters that he creates . Even this title who's subject matter ( a football match in a world where magic works when it wants to) you wouldn't have necessarily put together fits in seamlessly with the already rich characters and surroundings.
The Librarian of course has always been my favorite so any book that includes him is a winner for me but there are so many other layered storylines as well that further the readers knowledge of the progression of character development very succinctly.
I would recommend this book to anyone without reservation, but if you want to get more out of it I do suggest to read some of the earlier books and if you really want a laugh look up on the internet the recommended reading order for Discword novels if nothing else that should get you into the mindset to really enjoy this book
"Behind the fantasy Terry Pratchett looks at very real contemporary issues and scores many goals. This isn't just football, it's Discworld football. Or, to borrow another phrase, it's about life, the Universe, and everything." The Times "Satirical, historical, fantastical and irresistible." Daily Mail "The subject matter is football, with a dash of Romeo and Juliet ...exactly what's needed to cheer us all up in the autumnal gloom. Terry has none of his ability to raise a laugh." Daily Express "The secret of Terry Pratchett's comic fantasy isn't so much the wackiness of the fantasy as the reliability of the comedy...with sales now topping 60m, Discworld is still going strong...with undimmed, triumphant exuberance." -- Harry Ritchie Guardian "This is the 37th in a body of work so vast that it has spawned its own concordance, yet the quality remains as high as ever and the laughs as plentiful...Like all the Discworld novels, Unseen Academicals rewards a second reading. As ever it is peppered with allusions, from Keats to the Lewinsky affair, but, like Wodehouse, Pratchett wears his learning lightly and the pleasure of rereading is in teasing them out." -- Peter Inham The Telegraph