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VINE VOICEon 14 June 2007
By choosing to write a semi-fictional biography David Peace has managed to invigorate a tired genre and I'd be surprised if his book isn't used as a template in future. "The Damned United" tells the story of Brian Clough's pre-Nottingham Forest career with two timelines running in parallel. In the first we see how he became a manager and made a name for himself with Hartlepool and Derby, whereas the second tells the story of his nightmare month at Leeds United, with the book ending as the two tales converge. It's a brilliantly revealing book that doesn't pull any punches and the story still seems relevant today. Pearce has clearly done his research (and then some...he credits 40 books) and we get all the benefit, I can't believe how much I've learned about Brian Clough, Derby, Leeds United and the workings of a football club and I can't believe that it was such an amazingly enjoyable experience. "Damned United" works as an incredibly pacey, page turner to be read in one sitting or (thanks to the numerous and regular chapters) a perfect bog book to dip in and out of. This is how all biographies should be written.
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