Out of Time 1966 and the End of Old-Fashioned Britain

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2016-07-19
  • Publisher: Wisden
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In the summer of 1966, Peter Chapman was a naive 18-year-old from the Angel in north London. He was just about to enter the world of work, having flunked his A Levels and recently discovered that he would not be fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional footballer at Leyton Orient. As a young man on the brink of adulthood, he found himself in a country also on the brink of huge change--and about to have one of the most significant sporting successes in its history.

Focused around England's one and only World Cup victory, Out of Time tells the story of that summer--both the football and the country's broader political, social, and economic picture--through Chapman's 18-year-old eyes, and offers a vivid and beautifully written portrait of what life was like in 1966.

Author Biography

Peter Chapman played goal in the mid-1960s for Leyton Orient's junior and colts teams. He was a correspondent for the BBC, the Guardian, and the Observer in Central America and Mexico, and covered two World Cups--Mexico 1986 and Italy 1990--for ITV. Now a reporter, feature writer, and editor at the Financial Times, he plays five- and six-a-side football. He lives in south London, in West Norwood, where the stolen World Cup trophy was found in March 1966 by a local dog out for his evening walk.

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