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David Peace’s THE DAMNED UTD


A couple of readers, who I really respect their taste, have been going nuts for David Peace’s Red Or Dead and with it being World Cup time I decided I would check out one of David Peace’s football novels.

I have been attempting to get into poetry this year and one of the ways I have found that has made poetry most accessible to me as a reader has been via audio. A poem read aloud brings the words to life which sadly I am unable to do reading them. So when I spotted an audio version of The Damned United I jumped at the opportunity to listen to it. (The fact it was read by John Simm from Life On Mars was icing on the cake.)


Brian Clough became manager of Leeds United in 1974 and only lasted 44 days in the job. Peace tells the story of his tumultuous 44 days in charge interspersed with flashback to Clough’s early days as a football manager and the success (and havoc) he wrought up until landing the Leeds United job.

This was one of those absolutely amazing book experiences. David Peace’s novels are often described as streams of consciousness but after listening to The Damned United I would describe his work more as verse novels. The imagery he conjurors, the sounds and atmosphere he recreates through words is my definition of poetry. I’m going to listen to as many of his novels on audio now that I can find and wish to the book gods that someone records an audio version of Red Or Dead (or maybe have a crack at it myself to see if I now have David Peace’s rhythm).


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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571224333 ISBN-10: 0571224334 Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) Format: Paperback (198mm x 126mm x 23mm) Pages: 368 Imprint: Faber & Faber Publisher: Faber & Faber Publish Date: 20-Jan-2007 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Audio Details

ISBN: 9780571239139 ISBN-10: 0571239137 Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) Format: CD-Audio (143mm x 125mm x 24mm) Imprint: Faber & Faber Publisher: Faber & Faber Publish Date: 20-Sep-2007 Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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