This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the ninth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me 

nine copies of Playing for Pizza… 

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American Football lovers, pizza lovers, Italy lovers, this one’s for you!

The novel starts with an Rick, an American football player who can no longer get work in the National Football League and whose agent, as a last resort, signs a deal for him to play for the Parma Panthers, in Parma, Italy.

This tale of the American abroad is beautifully handled by Grisham, whose admiration for Italians, their culture and their way of life shines through every page. For those who like their football, there is plenty of it, also lovingly described. For those who don’t care for the pigskin, it really doesn’t matter, there’s too much life and laughter in this book to worry about the odd page turned over to quick slants, third downs and field goals.

Material Witness blog, 2007

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One of the many joys of working with John is the element of surprise. Who would have thought that the master of the legal thriller would write a novel about cotton farming or a novel about the excesses of Christmas? Now, John pulls another rabbit out of his endless supply of hats with Playing for Pizza, a romp about a fish out of water that had me laughing out loud.

Stephen Rubin, Doubleday president and publisher (source)

So, don’t wait, come and grab this book in our shop, or someone else will!

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… Eight Lands of Ice and Fire maps,
Seven Grow Your Own Trees,
Six copies of The Silkworm,
Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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