After the transfer from Blogger to wordpress, the football fiction blog didn’t manage to pick up where it left off and is yet to find its form in its new home. I am hoping to rectify that in the near future. In the meantime you can have a wee look at its former glories…the simplest game’s football fiction edition
Discussing fictionalised accounts of the sport is important for my research. I write football fiction. And I know why too. I love reading them. Always have. It started with a short story I read when I was really young (10 maybe or 11 – a long time ago). It was about a football tournament in the future and the downfall of the world’s greatest player. He had this amazing banana shot keepers couldn’t stop. He was so good they made a special ball which when he kicked it, froze him in ice. His career was over and the baddies got their way. It was exciting, intriguing and tragic. I loved it. I’ve never been able to find the story. Not remembering anything else about it hasn’t help.
Ever since, I’ve wanted to read stories like it. There aren’t too many around. I feel obliged to fill the gap. I’m researching and studying something I’ve always wanted to do. Hey I know how lucky I am, I just wanted to let you know.
I have a bookshelf (now shelves) specifically for football fiction. It was inspired by The Lifted Brow, the most excellent Australian literary journal whose fourth issue was all about a fake book shelf. The football fiction shelf isn’t fake right enough, it’s bending under the weight of the books I’ve found.
The simplest game existed as a blog long before someone told me I should front up and attach my name to it. If you’re interested in the older bolder guff, insightful interviews and worldly reviews have a look. It’s all about