Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful ...
Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork. And now the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too). As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed forever. Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go! This is a playtext suitable for all ages, adapted from the novel.
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The only bad thing, ever, about a new Terry Pratchett novel is reaching the last page. This latest in the series of Discworld novels is as brilliantly entertaining as the rest, featuring the wizards of Unseen University, the savvy Glenda, head of the Night Kitchen, her dim but beautiful assistant Juliet, knockabout Trev the football fan, and the mysterious and erudite Mister Nutt, who says he's a goblin but doesn't act like one...
Besides Pratchett's oft-recurring theme of unthinking prejudice, this time out he takes a look at the appeal of sports, celebrity and the fashion world, the importance of candle dribbling, and the value of knowing how to make a Really Good Pie. Providing the usual mix of laugh-out-loud fun and thoughtful insight into the nature of society (human and otherwise), this book will not disappoint
Publishers Weekly, 2010-01-25 In the magical universe of Discworld, the dithering and very dotty wizards at Unseen University struggle to master the arcane rules of football as they enter a violent street sport competition. The challenges include getting the sedentary and distracted professors to play with some enthusiasm (and without magic), defending themselves against their opponents' unsportsmanlike behavior, and naturally, to win. It's not easy to track the multitude of characters, but Stephen Briggs gives each of them a distinctive voice. Briggs has been adapting Pratchett's novels to the stage since 1991, and the recurring characters are his to command. His performance brings out the best of the satirical humor and Pratchett's really good bad puns. Fans of Discworld will not be disappointed. A Harper hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 31). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2009-08-31 Football, food, fashion and wizards collide in Pratchett's 37th Discworld novel (after 2007's Making Money), an affectionate satire on the foibles of sports and sports fans. The always out-of-touch wizards at Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University stand to lose a very big bequest unless they enter a team in a violent but popular street sport competition. As the wizards struggle to learn the game, aided by the university's hired help, Ankh-Morpork's ruler schemes to use the competition for his own purposes. Though the book suffers from a few awkward moments (Pratchett's attempts to discuss racism through the strained relationships of dwarves, humans and goblins fall particularly flat), the prose crackles with wit and charm, and the sendups of league football, academic posturing, Romeo and Juliet and cheesy sports dramas are razor sharp and hilarious but never cruel. At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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