Red or Dead

Red or Dead

A Novel

Book - 2014
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A New York Times Editors' Choice

"[T]he stuff of great literature." —The New York Times | "Red or Dead is a winner." —The Washington Post

The place where the swinging sixties started – Liverpool, England, birthplace of the Beatles – wasn’t so swinging. Amid industrial blight and a bad economy, the port town’s shipping industry was going bust and there was widespread unemployment, with no assistance from a government tightening its belt. Even the Beatles moved to London.

Into these hard times walked Bill Shankly, a former Scottish coal miner who took over the city’s perpetually last-place soccer team. He had a straightforward work ethic and a favorite song – a silly pop song done by a local band, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Soon he would have entire stadiums singing along, tens of thousands of people all dressed in the team color red . . . as Liverpool began to win . . .

And soon, too, there was something else those thousands of people would chant as one: Shank-lee, Shank-lee . . .

In Red or Dead, the acclaimed writer David Peace tells the stirring story of the real-life working-class hero who lifted the spirits of an entire city in turbulent times. But Red or Dead is more than a fictional biography of a real man, and more than a thrilling novel about sports. It is an epic novel that transcends those categories, until there’s nothing left to call it but – as many of the world’s leading newspapers already have – a masterpiece.

Baker & Taylor
'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.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents a story based on the life of acclaimed British football manager and coach Bill Shankly that celebrates his enduring influence within the Liverpool Football Club.
The award-winning author of the Red Riding Quartet presents a story based on the life of acclaimed British football manager and coach Bill Shankly that celebrates his enduring influence within the Liverpool Football Club. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9781612193687
Branch Call Number: FIC PEA
Characteristics: 720 p. ;,24 cm.

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