Ian Hamilton’s story of soccer superstar Paul Gascoigne: at play, on show, in the press, in pain, in distress. This is a fan’s account of a player’s life and of a fan’s obsession, of a sports celebrity and of our apparent need to have one. Also in this issue: Jonathan Raban on the flooded Mississippi, Timothy Garton Ash with Erich Honecker.
‘On the day before the Spurs game, Gascoigne was being interviewed by Gordon Burn for an Esquire cover story–a story for which the magazine was asked to pay 5,000 pounds plus 3,000 pounds-worth of Armani gear.‘
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