World Cup short story special: ‘Team Player’
A local footie team is disrupted by a charismatic actor in a beguiling tale of modern masculinity and the beautiful game by an award-winning novelist.
27 minute read
Anthony Quinn was for fifteen years the film critic of the Independent (1998-2013). Having been a judge on the 2006 Man Booker Prize he wrote his first novel the following year: the two events may have been related. The Rescue Man (2009) won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. Since then he has written six others, Half of the Human Race (2011), The Streets (2012), Curtain Call (2015), Freya (2016) and Eureka (2017). His latest, Our Friends in Berlin, is published by Jonathan Cape.