Read or Dead: New Bill Shankly novel by Yorkshire author out soon

David Peace.
David Peace.
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A DATE has been set for the release of Yorkshire author David Peace’s eagerly-awaited new novel.

Red or Dead will hit the nation’s bookshops on August 15, publisher Faber confirmed today.

The 730-page slice of fact-based fiction tells the story of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.

It follows Ossett-born Peace’s success with The Damned Utd, a controversial take on Brian Clough’s 44-day reign as Leeds United boss in 1974. And to help celebrate his new book’s release, Peace will be appearing at an event in Leeds.

He will be discussing Red or Dead at the Waterstone’s store in the city centre on Thursday, August 8, starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £3 and are available from the store’s ground floor tills.

Looking ahead to Red or Dead’s publication, Faber’s Lee Brackstone said: “A novel about one of the great good men of British football comes as such a tonic and a wake-up call in these days of extraordinary wealth, privilege and abuse of power in the Premier League. There quite simply could not be a better time, culturally and politically, for this novel.”

Written through Clough’s eyes, The Damned Utd proved a critical and popular hit and was turned into a film starring Michael Sheen.

Leeds hero Johnny Giles was not as approving – the book painted him as a self-centred schemer at Elland Road and he secured an apology from Peace after taking legal action. Tottenham and Derby County great Dave Mackay, meanwhile, was awarded damages over his portrayal in the film version.

* For more details about the Waterstone’s event, ring the store on 0113 244 4588.