Pete Davies

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Pete Davies is an English author of history and sports.


External video
Booknotes interview with Davies on American Road, September 2, 2002, C-SPAN

He wrote American Road: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age about the 1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy, for which Davies visited sites along the Lincoln Highway.[1][2] His newspaper clippings are part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.[3]

Davies' All Played Out, an eyewitness account of the England men's football team at the 1990 World Cup,[4][5][6][7] was adapted into One Night in Turin, a documentary film, in 2010.[8] The original book has been described as "the best football book ever written".[9]

In 1994–95, Davies turned his attentions to women's football and spent the season with Doncaster Belles while writing I Lost my Heart to the Belles.

Davies settled in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, where in 2010 he worked at the local Sainsbury's supermarket and had a season ticket for Huddersfield Town.[10]



  • (1986) Last Election
  • (1989) Dollarville
  • (2017) Playlist


  • (1990) All Played Out
  • (1992) Storm Country: A Journey to the Heart of America
  • (1994) Twenty-Two Foreigners in Funny Shorts: The Intelligent Fan's Guide to Soccer and World Cup '94
  • (1996) I Lost My Heart to The Belles
  • (1998) This England
  • (1998) Mad Dogs and English Women
  • (1999) Catching Cold; published in the United States as The Devil's Flu: The World's Deadliest Influenza Epidemic and the Scientific Hunt for the Virus That Caused It
  • (2001) The Devil's Music: Into the Eye of the Hurricane
  • (2002) American Road

Film adaptations[edit]


  1. ^ "The resourceful traveler". Chicago Tribune. August 21, 2002. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  2. ^ Kirsch, Jonathan (September 15, 2002). "Country Roads, Take Us Home". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
  3. ^ "Eisenhower Presidential Library".
  4. ^ Dawson, Tom (27 April 2010). "One Night In Turin". Total Film. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  5. ^ "One Night in Turin: The Inside Story of a World Cup that Changed our Footballing Nation Forever [Paperback]". 15 April 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Book Review: All Played Out: The Full Story of Italia '90 – Pete Davies (also published as One Night in Turin)". The Sports Book Review. 28 January 2014. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  7. ^ Quinn, Anthony (7 May 2010). "One Night in Turin (15)". The Independent. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  8. ^ Jenkins, David (4 May 2010). "One Night in Turin (15)". Time Out. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  9. ^ Wilson, Paul (14 June 2014). "This Man Works For Sainsbury's. He Also Wrote The Best Football Book Ever". Esquire (UK Edition). Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Huddersfield writer Pete Davies sees World Cup story brought to cinema screens". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2015.

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