A raw, powerful first novel, The Football Factory centres on Tom Johnson, a reasoned 'Chelsea hooligan' who represents a disaffected society operating by brutal rules.
We are shown the realities of life - social degradation, unemployment, racism, casual violence, excessive drink and bad sex - and, perhaps more importantly, how they fall into a political context of surveillance, media manipulation and division.
Graphic and disturbing, occasionally very funny, and deeply affecting throughout, The Football Factory is a vertiginous rush of adrenaline - the most authentic book yet on the so-called English Disease.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/05/1997
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099731917
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Review by scottycarp
A well written hoolie book. Surprisingly good for this genre.
Review by lriley
Admittedly I'm no soccer fanatic. I'll watch the World Cup every 4 years and on occasion I'll watch bits and pieces of the odd game here and there. The Football factory is and isn't about the game--it really revolves around a small number of Chelsea fans--the so called 'hooligans'---'that ruin the game for everybody'--by going on the road to riot and rampage and beat the hell out of fans of other teams. As narrated (more than less) by one of these Chelsea hooligans this book describes a world of cultural and parochial loyalties that override practically everything else including concepts like 'law and order'. What the hell!?!--as the narrator explains now and again the idea isn't really to kill anyone--more to give them a good thrashing--and the idea of taking it all on the road is to show those fans in other places who's who and what's what. Anyway I thought it was a fun book to read--somewhat reminiscent of Irvine Welsh and have ordered a couple more of King's works.