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Author turns his sights on Liverpool’s Scottish legend Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly: A Scot who guided Liverpool FC to glory. Picture: Getty

Bill Shankly: A Scot who guided Liverpool FC to glory. Picture: Getty

  • by ROBERT DEX
 

The author of an award- winning fictional account of Brian Clough’s ill-fated stint at Leeds United is writing a new novel about another footballing legend – Liverpool’s Scottish manager Bill Shankly.

David Peace, whose novel The Damned United was produced as a film by Les Miserables director Tom Hooper, will publish Red Or Dead in August.

He said: “Bill Shankly was not just a great football manager, Bill Shankly was one of the greatest men who ever lived. And the supporters of Liverpool Football Club, and the people of Liverpool the city, know that and remember him. But many people outside of football, outside of Liverpool, do not know or do not remember him. And now, more than ever, it’s time everybody knew about Bill Shankly. About what he achieved, about what he believed. And how he led his life.”

Shankly, a former coalminer, who laid the blueprint for success at Anfield, died in 1981.

 

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