'I fell in love with football as I was later to fall in love with women: Suddenly. Inexplicably. Uncritically. Giving no thought to the pain or disruption it would bring with it': Nick Hornby, Fever Pitch

Author Nick Hornby of novel's High Fidelity and Fever Pitch poses during a photo call held on March 8, 2004 at his home, in London. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
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"I sometimes wonder if [Jurassic Park author] Michael Crichton got fed up talking about dinosaurs," muses Nick Homby as we wait for a menu to appear at Demartino, the busy Italian restaurant in Fitzrovia where FFT has arranged to meet. "He had a really good idea for a book, then wrote it and ended up talking about it for the next 15 years."

There's a pregnant pause while he takes a sip of water. The audible gulp is not his.

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