Hodgson: “I could talk for hours about my favourite authors”

J.P. Donleavy is author of choice for Hodgson on World Book Day

by Andrew McSteen

In an initiative supported by UNESCO, Thursday was World Book Day in the UK and Ireland and the South London Press spoke to Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson about his love of a good read.

In the past, Hodgson has talked at length about his love of literature from around the world, namechecking authors John Updike, Philip Roth, Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez and Saul Bellow amongst others, and today he was happy to show his love for a famous Irish author who died last year.

“I could talk for hours about my favourite authors,” said Hodgson to the South London Press earlier today. “I have many favourite authors, but it would take far too long to name them all, but in times of trouble I always turn back to J.P. Donleavy, there’s no question of that – if I ever do get depressed, which is rare, then J.P. Donleavy, almost always comes to the fore.”

Hodgson, who speaks and reads numerous languages after a managerial career which has taken in Switzerland, Sweden and Italy amongst others, recently signed the big Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth for Palace and unrelated or not, is now settling in to a new book by a writer from the same country.

“In fact, funnily enough, I’m reading a book by Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård – who I actually met,” said Hodgson. “Just before starting that I read Julian Barnes’ new book – The Only Story, of course, but, when I do get time to read, there’s so many great titles to choose from,  but my latest reading material is Knausgård.”

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