Friday, January 05, 2007

Life of Brian

Not Monty Python's Life of Brian, but the other Brian, Brian Clough. Cloughy the soccer player, alcoholic, football manager of Hartlepool United, Derby County, Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United (for 44 days in 1974) and, of course, manager of Nottingham Forest for eighteen years.

Now this:
Released without fanfare in the summer, David Peace's novel The Damned Utd became the sleeper hit of the year. Tracing Brian C[l]ough's 44-day reign at Leeds United this tour de force offers a compelling insight into the mind of a footballing genius, proud father and legendary drinker.
That's the opener -- complete with a Gruaniad typo -- for a great review of the book The Damned Utd: Guardian

Thanks, Fat Buddha!

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