The Boy in Brazil

The Boy in Brazil

Floodlit Dreams is delighted to announce the publication of its second book, The Boy In Brazil: Living, Loving and Learning in the Land of Football, by Seth Burkett.

Priced at just £9.99, The Boy In Brazil is now available on and from Waterstones and other booksellers. 

The story....


When Seth Burkett travelled to Brazil for a youth tournament with his local team Stamford, he was stunned by what happened next. Spotted by a scout, he accepted an offer to join Sorriso Esporte Clube in the central state of Mato Grosso and became a media celebrity as well as the only English professional in the football-crazy country.


The Boy in Brazil is a charming and insightful account of his magical season in the sun as an 18-year-old in Sorriso - Portuguese for smile - and takes a bittersweet look at the beautiful game and cultural concerns of the vibrant nation which would host the 2014 World Cup finals.


On his journey from boy to man, he would discover an uncanny and unexpected family link to the foundation of the sport in Brazil. He would also come to see, through a tragedy in Sorriso and the sad fate of its football club, that a childhood dream joyously fulfilled also had a dark side.


SETH BURKETT is completing an MA in American Literature at Loughborough University after graduating with a degree in Sports Science and English. He is also an England futsal international. The Boy in Brazil is his first solo book, at the age of just 23, after co-writing The Year of the Hobby with his Grandmother, Molly Burkett.


The book is edited by IAN RIDLEY, author of 10 books, including the No. 1 best seller Addicted, with Tony Adams, former Arsenal and England captain. Ian is also the publisher of, and writer on, Added Time: Surviving Cancer, Death Threats and the Premier League with Mark Halsey, which has been nominated in the Best Biography/Autobiography category of the British Sports Book Awards 2014.


"An Englishman coming to my country to play professional football? This is a good story."

DENILSON, Arsenal and Sao Paulo.


"An enchanting story, well told. Surely the definitive novice's guide to football in Brazil."

PATRICK BARCLAY, London Evening Standard.