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  • Shots in the Dark

  • A Diary of Saturday Dreams and Strange Times
  • By: David Kynaston
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Shots in the Dark by David Kynaston, read by Mark Meadows. 

Brimming with wisdom and humour, David Kynaston’s diaries written over one football season offer up his most personal take on social history to date.

David Kynaston was seven and a half years old when he attended his first Aldershot match in the early months of 1959. So began a deep attachment to the game and a lifelong loyalty to an obscure, small-town football club. Though as he sits down to write his diaries almost 60 years on, he reflects that life might have been simpler if his father had never taken him to that first match at the Rec.... 

Shots in the Dark is the diary David Kynaston kept in the football season of 2016/17, detailing the ups and downs of the ‘Shots’ in the year that saw a divisive referendum in the UK and the impending ascension of Donald Trump. Here, Kynaston presents a social history of modern Britain with a difference - all through the prism of the beautiful game. 

A testament to the ways in which fandom gives solidity and security to our lives, particularly in these bewildering and rapidly changing times, Shots in the Dark gets to the heart of what it means to be a devoted follower of a sports team. This is a diary of the macro and the micro, as questions of loyalty, of identity, of liberalism and of nationalism all rub uncomfortably up against each other during nine charged months.

©2021 David Kynaston (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"I loved every page, and ended up admiring David Kynaston, our greatest social historian, even more than I already did." (Nick Hornby)

"[A] delightful book [...] This is a book about football but, like all the best books, it is about a thousand other things as well [...] This thrilling, intimate, sometimes poignant, often wonderfully funny book shows the workings in real time of a deeply civilised, humane and tolerant mind in an age when those virtues are in short supply. Here is a man with whom you would want to go to a match, and even share a beer afterwards. David Kynaston is one of the good guys, and this is one of the very good books." (Roger Alton, Daily Mail)

"Kynaston strikes a distinctive voice that is in turns warm and sharp and heavy-hearted and dismayed [...] The pages are filled with entries like this: easily absorbed and entertaining but deceptively thought-provoking [...] This fascinating book of opinion and reflection offers a wistful snapshot of the rewards of staying the course with the team." (Keith Duggan, Irish Times)

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