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World Cup Wishes
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An intimate, warm-hearted novel about friendship, growing up and change

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Eshkol Nevo was born in Jerusalem in 1971. He studied psychology at Tel Aviv University and then worked as a copywriter for eight years. Today he teaches creative writing at a number of academic institutions. Nevo has published a collection of stories, a work of non-fiction and his first novel, Homesick, was awarded the Israeli Book Publishers Association's Golden Book Prize (2005) and the FFI-Raymond Wallier Prize at the Salon du Livre (Paris, 2008). Eshkol is an Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation chosen artist - one of Israel's highest recognitions for excellence in the arts.

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It's hard not to be completely swept away by World Cup Wishes... very readable and eloquent, but above all it is moving -- Liran Danash * Maxim *
[Nevo] has an astute sense of drama and an ability to shape well-rounded characters...He has all the skills needed to fill a significant role in Israeli literature -- Omri Herzog * Haaretz *
It brings tender emotional savvy to bear on the question of whether friendships - particularly those tight, testy bonds between groups of men - help people to grow as individuals or, in fact, hold us back * Daily Mail *
What started as a realistic novel about everyday life in Israel evolves into a story about storytelling. In doing so, it confirms Nevo as one of the best young Israeli writers today * Jewish Chronicle *

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