• A terrific book, for all sorts of reasons: how lightly the comedy and the conceits are worn; the thumping readability of it; the laughs; the counter-factual world in which it's set. Oh, and also because of the talking football, a sort of Motson-meets-Kierkegaard character. This is a fizzy, funny, fantastical first novel

    Robert MacFarlane
  • Reminiscent in places of Iain Bank's The Crow Road and Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up!, Hudson's intricately plotted comedy works best at its broadest, satirising soccer's greed

    Adrian Turpin, Financial Times
  • Funny and richly inventive, and you don't have to like the beautiful game to enjoy the journey

    Kate Saunders, The Times
  • There is an echo of Jonathan Coe's What a Carve Up! - a similarly broad satirical novel with larger-than-life characters

    Tim Souster, Times Literary Supplement
  • Enormously enjoyable

    Patrick Neate, Guardian

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