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Land of the Giants: My Journey Through the World of Table Football

Derek Air

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From the publisher:

When the Covid-19 lockdown hit in March 2020, millions of people suddenly found themselves confined to their homes, with their lives on hold as the planet fought a deadly pandemic. Land of the Giants: My Journey Through the World of Table Football chronicles the author’s discovery of a vibrant Subbuteo sub-culture and the emergence of an online community that was determined to keep alive a game under threat. Over a period of three years Derek Air met and interviewed dozens of those dedicated to the game.

This book tells their stories: the collectors who scour the charity shops, collectors’ fairs and online auction sites in search of that rarity they hope will complete their collections; the players who take the game so seriously that they train as hard for competition as their 11-a-side counterparts; the artists, who paint their figures and bring to life great teams, past and present and even those that recreate famous stadia at scale. Land of the Giants is a love letter to an old-fashioned favourite, a much-loved game, and one that simply refuses to die.

The author:

Derek Air has been playing the game of Subbuteo on and off for fifty years. A former school teacher, he has written a number of articles on German football for the fanzine Halb Vier and produced four series of the podcast Finger Flickin' Good in which he chronicled the stories of the Subbuteo community both in the UK and further afield. Land of the Giants is his first non-fiction book. A proud Scot, he lives in the Black Country.

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Pitch Publishing
22 x 16 cm
Hardback
304 pages
June 2024
English
9781801507295