About this book
A diary of Tim Parks' season spent following his local team Hellas Verona, as they take on the might of Italy's Serie A. A paean to the sport of football and the unique feelings it provokes, and an insightful analysis of the national make-up of the "bel paese". "His descriptions of Italian football are descriptions of Italy itself, its regional differences, its squabbles, its distinctive temper" "Daily Telegraph".
Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities? This book follows the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities.