The Illustrated History of Football

The Illustrated History of Football

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This is football comic-ery, but not as you know it. Welcome to the inimitable work of illustrator David Squires.

Football and comics. Once a hearty Saturday combination to match cartoons and cereal, in recent years they've drifted apart. Thankfully for us, Squires is here to change all that.

In The Illustrated History of Football, his first book, Squires relives some of football's most glorious moments and meets its greatest figures. In a sport full of handsome paycheques and corporate sponsors, he also casts a critical eye over corrupt backroom workings and helps pierce football's overblown balloon.

Funny, good-looking and preternaturally astute, this book is everything Sepp Blatter wishes he could be.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 23mm | 461g
  • Century
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 1780895585
  • 9781780895581
  • 18,037

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A bloody funny read
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A ruddy good artist * The Telegraph * Squires exhibits his personal knowledge of the game in a way that is thoughtful and, as with all comic satirists, really very funny . . . On the face of it this may look like a perfect lavatory book for dad for Christmas. But it is a lot more than that and well worth the read. * Daily Express * David is unparalleled in his ability to highlight how ridiculous modern football can often be with his unique brand of caustic satire. -- Mike Hytner * The Guardian * You will really want to buy it * Football365 * Squires is the master of the football comic strip and this collection is recommended reading for enlightened football fans everywhere. * Late Tackle * Brilliant * The Set Pieces * If you're not familiar with the work of David Squires, then you really have been deprived up to now * The Final Third * No one captures the absurdities and ugliness of football better than him ... hilarious * Coach Magazine * A bloody funny read * Adam Peacock, Fox Sports * Squires' opening lines sets the tone for a lively, tongue-in-cheek history of the beautiful game, accompanied by some excellent illustrations. * Dorset Echo * This is an absolute landmark of football literature - worthy of the same status as Football Grounds of Europe , Inverting the Pyramid and All Played Out . This is not least because of the mind boggling amount of work involved - all the more prodigious given that Squires is a regular provider of comic strips for The Guardian . . . this is a genuinely funny book * The Two Unfortunates * [Illustrated History of Football] is the funniest football tome since Viz's Billy the Fish Football Yearbook, published 26 years earlier. * Esquire *
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About David Squires

David Squires is a Sydney-based artist and illustrator. His work has featured prominently in a wide range of publications, from the Guardian to Pickles magazine. His work focuses on football and his hilarious comics and detailed illustrations cast a critical eye on the beautiful game. His first book, The Illustrated History of Football, was published in 2016. This is his second book.
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477 ratings
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4 38% (179)
3 13% (62)
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