The Goalkeepers Revenge, Hardback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is a collection of stories of a Lancashire childhood, of football in the streets, fishing, fighting and school, of growing up and looking for work, and of characters such as Spit Nolan the champion trolley-rider, and Sam Dalt the goalkeeper.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
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  • Category: School editions of fiction texts
  • ISBN: 9780435121112

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These thirteen short stories are set in the North of England of the 1930s (with a little bit of Ireland for good measure). They show a deft gift for the dialect of Lancashire and Eire of the time and the settings and themes are authentic.Each story is a vignette: there is no consistency of personnel between stories; however the majority are told from the first-person perspective of a male aged between 10 and 16.The stories are well suited for their target demographic of 11+ year olds of the 1960s, and do a fine job of integrating reflections on such social issues as disability, the role of women, and class into narrative threads without resorting to preachiness.The era described is long past and these stories will have little relevance to the young person of today except as historical artifact however the skill of the author and the authenticity shown make this a 3.5 star work.

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