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Namaste, Geezer: Life as a Fan and Journalist of Asian Heritage

Shekhar Bhatia

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From the publisher:

Namaste, Geezer is a revealing and trenchant memoir by one of England’s top national newspaper reporters, who has seen and covered it all, from the Heysel disaster to World Cups, plus the death of Princess Diana. Most football fans who grew up loving the game in the hooliganism-blighted 1970s probably experienced running from opposition fans at some point. For Shekhar Bhatia, the menacing enemy was within – the nastier, right-wing elements among fans of his own team.

Taken to West Ham by his father, who arrived in Britain from India in the late 1950s, young Shekhar just could not understand the hate directed towards rare Asian-heritage fans back then, and has since spent a lifetime steering a path between his loyalty to the Hammers and racism in the game. Often shocking, ultimately joyous, this is a tale of rising above prejudice to fulfil ambitions, in both football and journalism.

The author:

Shekhar Bhatia has worked for The Observer, Sunday Mirror, Daily Express and Evening Standard, and was chief reporter and showbusiness editor of the Sunday Express. He has also helped produce TV documentaries for Panorama, Dispatches and NBC in the USA. His book on the murder of Anni Dewani was the first published by Mirror Books. He has won the Asian Media Awards' Journalist of the Year and is now part of Mail Online's global reporting team.

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Pitch Publishing
20 x 13 cm
Paperback
160 pages
May 2024
English
9781801509787