The Illustrated History of Football
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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 23mm | 610g
  • Cornerstone
  • CENTURY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 1780895585
  • 9781780895581
  • 1,426

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.show more

Review quote

"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 *show more

Review Text

"If you’re not familiar with the work of David Squires, then you really have been deprived up to now"show more

Back cover copy

Football was invented as a means for people to have something to talk to their dads about. From these humble beginnings, the sport grew to become a global obsession. Just look around the rest of the books in the charity shop bargain bin and you’ll see at least a dozen footballer’s autobiographies. The sport is now at its zenith and is contested by some of the world's finest oligarchs. What better way to explore this remarkable story than with a series of hand-drawn cartoons, following the tradition of ancient man scratching illustrations into stone about Spurs’ away form as a means of avoiding discussing human emotions.show more

Flap copy

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.show more

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135 ratings
4.44 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (49)
3 8% (11)
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1 1% (1)
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