by Tom Palmer
Matt likes nothing more than to watch the football, sink a few pints with his mates, and throw a few punches.
But when his friend is killed in a riot after a match, Matt has to choose what he loves more, the footie or his family.
‘I could relate to Barcelona Away having been involved in football violence myself. It shows that the right choices can be made – it is down to us all to take responsibility for our choices.’
Prisoner, HMP Erlestoke
‘The chapter sizes are a good length for Level 1 readers and the questions were appropriate for stimulating a discussion about the story.’
Librarian, HMP Risley
Read the first two chapters:
What do you think?
The book includes ‘What do you think?’ questions that will help readers to better empathize with the characters of the story and questions that encourage personal reflection, such as:
In what ways is Matt a good dad?
Do you think Matt would have behaved differently if his daughter had been with him?
Does Matt really enjoy football, or something else?
In what ways do you think Andy was a good friend?
How does lying to his daughter make Matt feel?
Themes in the book
Readers could be encouraged to discuss and reflect on the following themes:
football fans and violence
being a ‘good’ dad and husband and family relationships
choice and personal responsibility
About the author
Tom Palmer is the author of over forty books, many of which are about football. He has worked around the UK and the world for the National Literacy Trust, the British Council, the Reading Agency, Reading Force, the Premier League, the FA and England Rugby.