Out Of His Skin

Out Of His Skin

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Out Of His Skin is as far from the standard, cosy football biography as you can imagine. Rather than merely accepting or celebrating the traditions of the game, Dave Hill examines the nature of racism in English football in general and on Merseyside in particular, and shows how John Barnes's transfer to Liverpool in 1987 crystallised issues of race few had been willing even to acknowledge. First published in 1989, this new edition includes and extensive new introduction and offers fresh insights into the development of football's often uneasy relationship with black Britain.

"Dave Hill's stun-gun study of English soccer's most insidious, deep-rooted racial malaise is required reading for everyone" Guardian

"A sobering account of a hatred that simmers just below the surface in Britain, a real antidote to complacency" Tribune

"Approaches a complex subject with a breadth of understanding unusual in sporting literature" Wales on Sunday

"Dave Hill is the best writer on the state of English football at the moment" North West Evening Mail

"It goes far beyond the usual trivialisation the sport generally merits... a thorough and incisive read" Birmingham Post

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