Thu 2 Jun

Jean-Philippe Toussaint Presents Football

Football is about more than stadiums and international players. In his new book Football, published in the UK this month by Fitzcarraldo Editions, acclaimed writer Jean-Philippe Toussaint (winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Prix Médicis) beautifully captures the links between football, childhood, writing and passion with his trademark humour, precision and elegance. Toussaint will discuss Football in conversation with Shaun Whiteside (translator), Juliet Jacques (writer and blogger, best known for writing A Transgender Journey for The Guardian) and Philippe Auclair (journalist, TalkSPORT & France Football).

This is a book that no-one will like, not intellectuals, who aren’t interested in football, or football-lovers, who will find it too intellectual. But I had to write it, I didn’t want to break the fine thread that still connects me to this world. — Jean-Philippe Toussaint

In fact, he will attempt to reconcile both constituencies. He does so with his habitual lightness of touch and trademark deadpan humour, while also approaching his subject with a seriousness of intent.Financial Times

Thu 2 June 7.00pm | in English | £6, conc. £4

As part of Art & Football: a Perfect Match?, our Euro 2016 series

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