Butch Wilkins and the Sundance Kid

A Teenage Obsession with TV Sport

by Nige Tassell


Butch Wilkins and the Sundance Kid

A memoir intertwined with nostalgia, ruminations on the changing face of sport during this time, portraits of its heroes and villains, and reflections on teenagehood and impending adulthood.

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Butch Wilkins and the Sundance Kid chronicles the author’s decade-long obsession with televised sport during his teenage years in the 1980s. Charting similar waters to Nick Hornby’s classic Fever Pitch, but with the hopeless devotion of a teenager faithfully following his team around the country replaced by the hopeless devotion of a teenager faithfully following sport (any sport) around the TV schedules.

It is memoir intertwined with nostalgia, ruminations on the changing face of sport during this time, portraits of its heroes and villains, and reflections on teenagehood and impending adulthood.

Sweet, wise and witty, Butch Wilkins and the Sundance Kid is a hymn to televised sport in the 1980s – as well as to the decade itself – combining humour, insight and poignancy to vividly depict the way sport can transcend the television screen to impact on wider life, hopes and ambitions.

Nige Tassell has been a journalist for more than twenty years. He has written extensively about sport for a range of titles, including FourFourTwo, The Guardian, 220 Triathlon, The Word and BBC History. He was the editor and writer of World in Motion, chronicling the history of the England team at the World Cup, and is the author of Three Weeks, Eight Seconds: The Epic Tour de France of 1989 published in 2017 by Polaris Publishing Ltd and The Bottom Corner: A Season with the Dreamers of Non-League Football published in 2016 by Yellow Jersey.

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ISBN: 9781909715615

Publication date: 06/09/2018

Format: Paperback

Extent: 308

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon