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Karl Ove Knausgaard and fellow writer Fredrik Ekelund kick around thoughts and ideas on football, life, art and politics

Selected as a Book of the Year in The Times and Evening Standard
Karl Ove Knausgaard is sitting at home in Skåne with his wife, four small children and a dog. He is watching football on TV and falls asleep in front of the set. He likes 0-0 draws, cigarettes, coffee and Argentina.

Fredrik Ekelund is away in Brazil, where he plays football on the beach and watches matches with friends. Fredrik loves games that end up 4-3 and teams that play beautiful football. He likes caipirinhas and Brazil.

In Home and Away, two writers use football and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to reflect on life and death, art and politics, class and literature and the most important question: was this the best football championship ever?


[It is] fascinating, insightful... Engrossing.

Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

At its core, Home and Away is a story about two men doing what they can to keep a friendship afloat, even from continents away.

New Yorker

An entirely engrossing exchange of ideas, affection and memory… [A] genuinely engaging two-hander of real affection and insight.

Barney Ronay, Literary Review

Knausgaard is a writer with an astonishing ability to elevate the prosaic… As a reading experience, Home and Away is diverting, indulgent and stealthily enjoyable. Just as it probably was to write.

Esquire, Book of the Year

For a book which, at heart, is no more than two friends chatting about football, there is a lot to like.

The Economist

Home and Away is deeply intelligent, enjoyable and sometimes funny.

Simon Kuper, Financial Times, Book of the Year

Their correspondence is, at times, very personal and the reader gets the impression that the two writers are connecting on a deeper level, able to express views and thoughts that they wouldn’t share with anyone else. It is this feeling that as a reader you are being welcomed into a lively conversation about politics, life and everything in between, which makes the book so enjoyable and engrossing.

Chris Tilbury, Prospect

The pair make lively correspondents.

Max Liu

It's fun and possibly a fruitful format for future tournaments.

Giles Smith, The Times Books of the Year

It is worth having a read of this…to be reminded again of the joy of sport and how it adds colour and passion and pleasure to modern life.

Paul Rouse, Irish Examiner

[It is] elegantly written.

Morning Star, Book of the Year

Home and Away is deeply intelligent, enjoyable and sometimes funny.

Rick Broadbent, Financial Times

An interesting and unusual study of the global appeal of football

Richard Mason, When Saturday Comes

They both love football. So the letters are about football but also lots of other things. It reminds you that watching football is about lots of other things too… I really enjoyed this.

William Leith, Evening Standard

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 30, 2017


    432 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook


    November 3, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    432 pages

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