I can only echo the sentiments of many of the above reviews, this is one of the finest books about football I've ever read. If you are coming to this after seeing the filmThe Damned United [DVD
], you won't be disappointed. The book is much darker in it's portrayal of Clough and as such you are left with the notion of a man wrestling with internal demons.
The author is a pains to point out that it is a novel, and certainly the Clough family are far from happy with Brian's portrayal. To me, the book only emphasises Clough's greatness and his place in the hearts of the British football public. If you enjoy Peace's ability to immerse you in a different time and place then try GB84
, his brilliant novel about the 1984 Miner's Strike. It`s equally as dark and equally as powerful. For another excellent book on Clough try Provided You Don't Kiss Me: 20 Years with Brian Clough
And if you like your football writing with a whiff of nostalgia, try the extremely funny: Modern Football Is Rubbish: An A-Z of All That Is Wrong with the Beautiful Game
Back to the matter in hand, The Damned United is a truly astounding book, I doubt they'll be a better football book written in the next 10 years.