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  • From the Jaws of Victory
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Praise for Halcyon books

Intelligently curated, written with knowledge and insight and most importantly passion, From The Jaws Of Victory merely confirms what most football fans have always secretly known: sometimes, failure really can be more beautiful than success"

Jonathan Liew, The Guardian

They say that history is written by the victors, so who writes the devastating stories of glorious failure? This collection of phenomenal writers do. And they are truly brilliant"

Sarah Winterburn, Football365

A fine line cuts between sporting glory and grief, delight and disaster. Scars of defeat can persist and run far deeper than the laughter lines of success. Evidence? Look no further than these pages.”

Keir Radnedge, World Soccer

Football's not just about what you do, it's about the way you do it. Or, as this book shows in glorious variety and detail, the way you don't manage to do it"

Tim Vickery, BBC Sport

A series of beautifully crafted love stories about teams to make the heart soar and suffer with them. The meaning of those nearly moments, an inevitable part of the football experience, come to life in these pages."

Amy Lawrence, The Athletic

A hugely entertaining look at the many reasons — and many teams — that show football is about much more than trophies, from a great team of writers.”

Miguel Delaney, The Independent

The best stories in any book are the colourful anecdotes ... and this book is filled with them. Great tales, beautifully told and with a real passion for the game — even in defeat.”

John Cross, Daily Mirror

As every Scot knows, there is only one thing to do when you have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory: wallow in it. This delightful collection of curated suffering will speak to any fan who, with their team, has loved - and lost."

Jonathan Northcroft, The Sunday Times

Looking at all these excellent stories, it struck me how often the killjoys who spoiled the party happened to be German. So, on behalf of our national team — sorry."

Uli Hesse, author of Tor! The Story of German football

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