This week the blog is all about Fan a novel by Danny Rhodes, published by Arcadia. Upcoming posts will include a Q&A with Danny, an extract from the book and a giveaway.
Today I introduce Danny and tell you a little more about Fan. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for an extract.
“In 1989, eighteen-year-old John Finch spends his Saturdays following Nottingham Forest up and down the country and the rest of the week trudging the streets of his hometown as a postal worker. His blossoming relationship with girlfriend Jen is his only other respite. In 2004 he spends his days teaching in a southern secondary school while delaying the inevitable onslaught of parenthood. Leading inexorably towards the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, and the worst sporting disaster in British history, this book glides between 1989 and 2004, when the true impact of this tragic day becomes evident. Fan is a book about personal and collective tragedy. It’s about growing up and not growing up, about manhood and about what makes a man, and about football’s role in reflecting a society never more than a brick’s throw away from shattering point. Dark, haunting and deeply personal, Danny Rhodes’ heart-felt novel explodes with gut-wrenching emotion and exposes how disaster can not only affect a life, but change its course forever. Danny Rhodes was at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989. #The96”
About Danny Rhodes:
Danny Rhodes grew up in Grantham, Lincolnshire before moving to Kent in 1994 to attend University in Canterbury. He has lived in the cathedral city ever since. After a number of his short stories appeared in magazines on both sides of the Atlantic his debut novel, Asboville was published in October 2006. Well received by critics, it was selected as a Waterstone’s Paperback of the Year and it has been adapted for BBC Films by the dramatist Nick Leather. Rhodes’ second novel Soldier Boy was published in February 2009. Fan is Danny’s third novel, and he continues to write short stories in a variety of genres.
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