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Red or Dead by David Peace
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

David Peace is one of the most powerful and compelling British writers alive. Born in Yorkshire, his Red Riding Quartet is a brilliant catalogue of Britain in the seventies and eighties. In The Damned Utd he redefined the novel as biography, and how you write about football, in his depiction of Brian Clough and his fateful management of Leeds Utd. Crossing the Pennines Red or Dead does the same for Bill Shankly and Liverpool. Not an easy book, its stylist quirks and repetition give it a lilting rhythm you’ll either love or hate to read but unmissable for Liverpool fans or those of great British writing.

If you like David Peace you might also like to read books by Oliver Harris, Adrian McKinty and Simon Kernick.

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Red or Dead by David Peace

In 1959, Liverpool Football Club were in the Second Division. Liverpool Football Club had never won the FA Cup. Fifteen seasons later, Liverpool Football Club had won three League titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Liverpool Football Club had become the most consistently successful team in England. And the most passionately supported club. Their manager was revered as a god. Destined for immortality. Their manager was Bill Shankly. His job was his life. His life was football. His football a form of socialism. Bill Shankly inspired people. Bill Shankly transformed people. The players and the supporters. His legacy would reveberate through the ages. In 1974, Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly stood on the verge of even greater success. In England and in Europe. But in 1974, Bill Shankly shocked Liverpool and football. Bill Shankly resigned. Bill Shankly retired. Red or Dead is the story of the rise of Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly. And the story of the retirement of Bill Shankly. Of one man and his work. And of the man after that work. A man in two halves. Home and away. Red or dead.

About the Author

David Peace was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of The Damned Utd, described by The Times as 'probably the best book ever written about sport', Tokyo Year Zero, and the Red Riding Quartet - which is comprised of Nineteen Seventy Four, Nineteen Seventy Seven, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty Three - as well as GB84. He has won the James Tait Black Memorial Award and was included on Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2003.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2014

Author

David Peace

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
736 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571280667

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