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Pocket Money

Gordon Burn

A classic of sports journalism, and a unique snapshot of Thatcher’s Britain seen through the boom sport of the 80s.

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Following the 1985 final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis, Britain found itself in the grip of a new sporting obsession. Snooker, or ‘Coronation Street with balls’, was suddenly big business and 1986 was set to be a crucial year. In one corner was Barry Hearn and his Romford Mafia – Davis, Taylor and Griffiths – and in the other were the bad boys – Higgins, White and Knowles – threatening the game’s good name, and its earning potential. For one year, Gordon Burn travelled with this snooker circus, from Hong Kong and China to out of season resorts in the North of England and the season’s finale in Sheffield. With unprecedented access to the leading players and personalities involved, Pocket Money affords a unique snapshot into an extraordinary time and place.

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Rivetingly ripe reporting. £s and LSD ... Palpably a classic.

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Brilliant, soul-baring ... funny, incisve, hugely entertaining.

Time Out
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Brilliantly observed ... punishingly accurate ... a clasic piece of reportage.

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A must read for anyone with a top break over 30.

West End Extra
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The book offers not only a snapshot of sport at a critical time in its evolution, but also a sample of a writing career in its early stages... the author's descriptive skills are formidable.,.. it is a slim work but every page works hard, and the new edition benefits sharply written postscript by Clive Everton.

Telegraph Sport

Gordon Burn was the author of four novels, Alma Cogan (winner of the Whitbread First Novel Prize), Fullalove, The North of England Home Service and Born Yesterday. He was also the author of the non-fiction titles Somebody’s Husband, Somebody’s Son, Pocket Money, Happy Like Murderers, On The Way to Work (with Damien Hirst) and Best and Edwards. His last book,…

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