Unseen Academicals


Football, long the game of street urchins, largely a cover for fighting and a big draw for the crowd, is going legit in the city of Ankh-Morpork. In large, because the wizards of Unseen University have found out that if they don’t play a game they lose a large chunk of the funding that allows them an easy life.

So, with the help of the of a few unlikely individuals and the suspicious backing on the Patrician, they set about inventing the modern game.

As ever, Pratchett isn’t just writing a story with brilliant and entertaining characters but is using the subject for social commentary and insight. It’s a style no one else seems to play in the same way and it made for yet another maddenly addictive read.

Now, if we can just get him off the YA stuff (the next book is YA, but he had announced a new book, called Snuff, featuring Sam Vimes, my favourite of his characters).

If you have never read a Pratchett novel I urge you to give them a try, they may be classed as fantasy but they are far more than that.

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Reviewed: 30th August 2010