At the age of 52, a British writer gets the sudden call-up to play for the England soccer team in the World Cup competition. The team can't find a goalkeeper and he's going to have to come out of retirement. No it's not a nightmare. The team is the England Writers XI, a chronically-unskilled collection of scribblers who can't let go of their fantasies about being real footballers. "Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular" is a humorous memoir about the most solitary spot the football pitch, looking back on schoolboy triumphs and adult ignominy. From the chaos of coats-down park soccer mobs to the casual violence of pub teams, from the excitement of schoolboy shield winners to knackered old World Cup squads, it's the goalie who always gets it in the neck. Every goalkeeper - and every goalkeeper's wife or girlfriend - should read this book.
Shortlisted for British Sports Book Awards: Best New Writer 2010.
Shortlisted for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2009.
Graham Joyce is the author of 16 novels and a collection of short stories, most recently The Limits of Enchantment. He was presented with the World Fantasy Award for his novel The Facts Of Life, and he has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel an unprecedented four times. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and has earned him several international awards.