Leeds United fan Philip hopes new book will have crowd appeal

Philip Whiteley. Picture:  Ben Bowles.
Philip Whiteley. Picture: Ben Bowles.

Writer Philip Whiteley’s novel Marching On Together won acclaim for the way it skilfully set an exploration of family and friendship against a backdrop of real-life events at Leeds United.

And the city of Leeds will also have a prominent role to play in his next book, a romantic comedy called The Rooms We Never Enter.

Its two main characters have their first meeting outside United’s Elland Road ground while another part of the plot unfolds at a well-known city centre restaurant.

Yorkshire-born Philip, 55, has signed a deal for The Rooms We Never Enter with publisher Unbound but is aiming to cover the cost of completing the book by raising £4,000 through an online crowdfunding appeal.

The lifelong United fan told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s a tale of missed opportunities and unlikely romance – and it also raises sharp questions over gender roles in modern Britain.

“I’m hoping Leeds supporters will get behind the crowdfunding appeal and help me reach my target by the end of this year.”

Published at the start of 2017, Marching On Together tells the story of six friends – all Leeds fans – who embark on a trip around the battlefields of Flanders.

United’s controversial defeat by Bayern Munich in the 1975 European Cup final looms large while there are also references to the club’s former owner Massimo Cellino.

For information on how to support Philip’s crowdfunding appeal, visit www.unbound.com/books/rooms-we-never-enter.

Backers can choose from various pledge rewards, including the chance to have their name listed in the new book.

PARTNERSHIP: Rob Cowling and Paddy Sturman of Irwin Mitchell with Robin Hawkes of West Yorkshire Playhouse. Photo: Anthony Robling.

Five-year sponsorship deal for Leeds’s £14m West Yorksire Playhouse redevelopment