Author of the universally acclaimed Inverting the Pryamid, Jonathan Wilson’s lesser known debut book details the history, culture and idiosyncrasies of thirteen nations’ footballing landscapes.Treks through the forgotten streets of Sarajevo, cups of coffee in Belgrade and late nights in Sofia, at times Wilson’s account of Eastern Europe can take on a sort of action adventure personality. For the writer though, this was part of the appeal.
“Something in me warms to eastern Europe, and I rather suspect it’s related to my affection for the classic thrillers of post-war espionage,” Wilson writes in the introduction. The statement is indicative of the book’s attitude towards eastern Europe, one both loving and curious, melancholy and honest. Continue reading