About Geoff Andrews

Geoff Andrews is a writer and academic. He is a leading authority on Italian politics and a regular media commentator on Italian current affairs. His book Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi has recently been translated into Italian as Un Paese Anormale. His latest book is The Slow Food Story: Politics and Pleasure which has been published both in the UK and North America. In 1995 he founded Philosophy Football FC, an alternative football team committed to celebrating the simple pleasures of the beautiful game, which continues to play weekly matches in London and organises a range of cultural events.
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Latest articles

After Berlusconi - Italy Faces its Biggest Challenge

If, as expected, Senators vote to expel Silvio Berlusconi from the Italian parliament later today it will mark a decisive moment for the country. For the last two decades Silvio Berlusconi has dominated not only Italian politics but Italian society, propelling it on a disastrous course. More than anyone he has been responsible for turning it into t ... Read More

History From Below - Response to Gove

History has never been more popular. There is more of it on TV than ever before, with both professional historians and popular commentators delivering masses of images, facts and anecdotes into our living rooms on a daily basis. Only food and soaps seem to be given more airtime. Family history, heritage studies, and the internet, with its sheer cap ... Read More

The Slow Food Diary

On the Ball: the Revival of Polish Food

Football and Polish food have always gone together for me. I first went to Patio, London’s best value Polish restaurant, in the mid-1990s following Queens Park Rangers matches and have been going on and off since then. Whereas QPR’s fortunes during this time have swung from the sublime to the ridiculous - normally the latter – Patio’s menu ... Read More

Mercatino del Gusto

The Mercatino del Gusto is an annual 4 day event held in Maglie, Salento, in Italy's heel, organised by Slow Food Puglia. This year was its 13th edition and a testimony to the commitment and imagination of Michele Bruno and his colleagues. I was speaking about my Slow Food book in a late night session under the theme Un Sorso di Cultura ('A Drop ... Read More

Philosophy Football

The Three Sided Football Revolution - Football's New Idea

Another football season draws to a close and attention moves to the agents, transfer rumours, sponsorship deals and rising season-ticket prices in preparation for the next instalment of the multi-million empire that we know as the Premier League. At a time of austerity and economic hardship, the next few weeks will be a testing time for supporters ... Read More

Three Sided Football Comes To Town

Three Sided Football, invented by the Danish situationist philosopher Asger Jorn, comes to London on Saturday May 4 in the biggest tournament of its kind in the UK. Co-hosted by the Deptford Three Sided League, which organises a regular Sunday League version, and Philosophy Football, which has participated in three similar tournaments in Madrid, Ro ... Read More