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Red or Dead


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From the bestselling author of The Damned Utd comes the story of Bill Shankly, perhaps the first truly great football manager of the modern age.

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David Peace - named in 2003 as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists - was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of the Red Riding Quartet (Nineteen Seventy Four, Nineteen Seventy Seven, Nineteen Eighty and Nineteen Eighty Three) which has been adapted into a three part Channel 4 series that aired in Spring 2009, GB84 which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Award, and The Damned Utd, the film version of which (adapted by Peter Morgan and starring Michael Sheen) was released in Spring 2009. Tokyo Year Zero, the first part of his acclaimed Tokyo Trilogy, was published in 2007, and the second part, Occupied City, in 2009.


Red Or Dead is a masterpiece. David Peace already has a considerable reputation but this massive, painstaking account of the career of Bill Shankly towers above his previous work. -- Frank Cottrell Boyce Observer The writing is honed, sculpted, poetic ... Peace has built what is a worthy monument to a figure light years removed from the megabucks and hype of today's football. It doesn't matter if you don't follow the game, this is also a profound investigation of the tension between aspiration and the constraints of time, the very essence of the human condition -- Ben Felsenberg Metro I want to go out and knock on doors like a Jehovah's Witness and read this book to people. -- Peter Hooton Observer An epic that has more in common with Beowulf or The Iliad than with the conventional sports novel. -- Richard Lloyd Parry The Times Both epic in scale and meticulous in its attention to detail. -- Dan Davies Esquire Peace ... again proves himself to be magnificently single-minded and unbiddable, and has recognised in Shankly another brilliant and pioneering obsessive of his profession. -- Mark Lawson The Guardian

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