The Kilburn Social Club

The Kilburn Social Club

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The Kilburn Social Club is a Premiership team with a difference. It's a utopian dream whose players are all paid the same and whose money comes from an idealistic, family-run business empire. Its players are opera singers, academics and Argentinian millionaires, and its captain led Great Britain to World Cup glory. When her father dies suddenly, Aisling is catapulted from her life as a medical student into the world of high stakes sport and big business - much to her dismay. She has to protect the club and its values from greedy tycoons and rapacious players, deal with the deadly rivalry of her football-mad sister, and face the fact that the world isn't always how we imagined it would be. Full of real hopes and proper villains, this is a state-of-the-nation novel about idealism, identity and love.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 129 x 195 x 30mm | 340.19g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099526263
  • 9780099526261
  • 978,067

Review quote

"A terrific book, for all sorts of reasons: how lightly the comedy and the conceits are worn; the thumping readability of it; the laughs; the counter-factual world in which it's set. Oh, and also because of the talking football, a sort of Motson-meets-Kierkegaard character. This is a fizzy, funny, fantastical first novel" -- Robert MacFarlane "Reminiscent in places of Iain Bank's The Crow Road and Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up!, Hudson's intricately plotted comedy works best at its broadest, satirising soccer's greed" -- Adrian Turpin Financial Times "Funny and richly inventive, and you don't have to like the beautiful game to enjoy the journey" -- Kate Saunders The Times "There is an echo of Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up! - a similarly broad satirical novel with larger-than-life characters" -- Tim Souster Times Literary Supplement "Enormously enjoyable" -- Patrick Neate Guardianshow more

About Robert Hudson

Robert Hudson is the author of the novel, The Dazzle. With Marie Phillips, he writes the BBC Radio 4 series, Warhorses of Letters. He lives in London.show more

Review Text

"Reminiscent in places of Iain Bank's The Crow Road and Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up!, Hudson's intricately plotted comedy works best at its broadest, satirising soccer's greed"show more

Back cover copy

The Kilburn Social Club is a Premiership football club with a difference. It's an idealistic club where all players are equal and the money comes from a utopian family-run business empire. Outside of football the players are opera singers, Argentinian millionaires and academics and the captain led Great Britain to win the World Cup. Aisling is catapulted from her life as a trainee doctor into to the world of football and big business, neither of which she cares much about, when her father dies suddenly and she inherits the club. In the chaos that ensues she has to deal with sisterly rivalry from football-mad Esther, try to protect the club and its ideals from greedy business tycoons and definitely not get involved in the gossipy world of footballers' love lives... Full of old-fashioned heroes and villains, it's a state-of-the-nation romance about love, idealism and identity. It's also about the cosmology of footballs. 'A talent to watch' The Sunday Times 'A fizzy, funny, fantastical first novel' Robert MacFarlane 'There is an echo of Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up! - a similarly broad satirical novel with larger-than-life characters' Times Literary Supplement 'Footballers Wives meets The Forsyth Saga' Observer Sport Monthlyshow more

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26 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
5 15% (4)
4 46% (12)
3 15% (4)
2 12% (3)
1 12% (3)
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