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Red or Dead by David Peace - review

24 August 2013

9:00 AM

24 August 2013

9:00 AM

Red or Dead David Peace

Faber, pp.720, £20, ISBN: 9780571280650

The last time David Peace wrote a novel about football he got his publishers sued for libel, which may help explain why his new one avoids invention wherever it
can squeeze interest out of such stony matters of record as team sheets and attendance figures.

Red or Dead follows the legendary manager Bill Shankly from his arrival at
Liverpool — second-division stragglers in 1959 — to his death in 1981, seven years after retirement, having built a league-winning team that went on to rule Europe.

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