Clough Author Turns His Focus on Shankly; Reds 'Saint' Bill Is Subject of Major New Book

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Clough Author Turns His Focus on Shankly; Reds 'Saint' Bill Is Subject of Major New Book


Byline: STEVE GRAVES

THE granddaughter of Bill Shankly said she was delighted after it was revealed one of the UK's leading novelists was to release a book about his life.

David Peace, author of The Damned United and the Red Riding series of novels, has written Red or Dead, due to be released to coincide with this year's centenary of the legendary Liverpool manager's birth.

Described as "a revolutionary novel about a revolutionary man", it will chart Shankly's devotion to the game, the club and the city he loved.

Karen Gill, the iconic boss's granddaughter and honorary president of Liverpool FC's supporters' committee, said she was excited to see the finished novel.

She said: "The first I knew about it was when the publishers tweeted me to ask if they could get hold of my email address.

"Then they sent me an email with the announcement about the novel.

"I was so proud.

"I really liked The Damned United, both the book and the film, and I am delighted by this news."

The Damned United chronicled the controversial period when Brian Clough managed Leeds United. It was a warts-and-all portrayal of Clough as a colourful yet complex character.

The award-winning writer is renowned for his depictions of police corruption and divisive characters but said he wanted to tackle the story of a man he described as "a saint". …

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