The Damned Utd
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The Damned Utd

By (author) David Peace

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This is the hugely acclaimed novel of '70s football and the turmoil of the game's most charismatic and controversial manager, from the bestselling author of GB84 and Red or Dead. In 1974 the brilliant and controversial Brian Clough made perhaps his most eccentric decision: he accepted the position of Leeds United manager. A successor to Don Revie, his bitter adversary, Clough was to last just 44 days. In one of the most acclaimed British novels of recent years - subsequently made into a film starring Michael Sheen - David Peace takes us into the mind and thoughts of Ol' Big 'Ead himself, and brings vividly to life one of football's most complex and fascinating characters.

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 26mm | 299.37g
  • 05 Apr 2007
  • FABER & FABER
  • London
  • English
  • 0571224334
  • 9780571224333
  • 22,993

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Author Information

David Peace was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of the Red Riding Quartet as well as GB84 and was included among Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2003. He lives in Tokyo.

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"'The most extraordinary novel about football yet to appear.' Tim Martin, Independent on Sunday"

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Damned excellent

"Brilliantly written. Somehow you almost feel sorry for him. What was he thinking becoming manager of Leeds United. Most importantly David Peace captures the early 70's perfectly. There is plenty of related material on Youtube (Clough interviews, newsreel stuff) that acts as a great companion piece while you're reading the book. Highly recommended. "show more
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