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among the utras

1312: Among the Ultras, A Journey With the World’s Most Extreme Fans

1312: Among the Ultras, A Journey With the World’s Most Extreme Fans is the international bestseller by Delayed Gratification’s associate editor James Montague.

Ultras are football fans like no others. This controversial movement, combining extreme fandom and activism, is seen in every league on earth. They provoke revulsion and fierce loyalty, deep solidarity and intense violence. But the ultras remain unknown: an anti-establishment force that is transforming both football and society, that has led protests, toppled governments and even fuelled revolutions.

In 1312: Among the Ultras, James Montague goes underground to uncover the true face of this dissident force for the first time, telling the story of a global phenomenon that has dominated stadiums from Italy to Indonesia. With unprecedented insider access, it investigates how ultras have embraced extremes on both sides of the political spectrum, from the far left to the darkest aspects of the far right, their fight against the commercialisation of football and against the attempts to control them by the authorities, who both covet and fear their power.

“Utterly gripping”
New York Times

“Brilliant and daring”
The Guardian

When Saturday Comes

“As if Norman Mailer and TE Lawrence had been on a research trip together with flares”

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A slower, more reflective type of journalism”
Creative Review

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”
Creative Review

A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”
The Telegraph

Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”
El Mundo

Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”
The Telegraph

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”
Qi podcast

The UK's second-best magazine” Ian Hislop
Editor, Private Eye
Private Eye Magazine

Perhaps we could all get used to this Delayed idea...”
BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme