The Il­lus­trated His­tory of Football: Hall of Fame

David Squires (Cen­tury, $37.99)

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The ad­mired il­lus­tra­tor re­leased his first book just over 12 months ago and, such was its suc­cess, has fol­lowed it up with an­other. In his lat­est ef­fort, the Aus­tralia-based Swin­don fan, known for his sketch­ings in The Guardian, looks at the leg­ends of the game (and Jan Aage Fjortoft). He’s able to com­bine his bril­liant il­lus­tra­tion skills with jokes about the stars and amus­ing cul­tural ref­er­ences about the likes of Don­ald Trump and Nigel Farage. There’s some­thing for all ages – leg­ends fea­tured range from Liver­pool man­ager Bill Shankly and Brazil­ian winger Gar­rin­cha to Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and John Terry. Be as­ton­ished by Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic karate-chop­ping an orca, Dar­ren Pea­cock get­ting his kit off for a mag­a­zine shoot and Jo­han Cruyff puz­zling a cat with philo­soph­i­cal ideas about the game. It’s per­fect to dip in and out of, and will keep you chuck­ling.

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