Danny Rhodes at Humber Mouth Festival

Fan by Danny Rhodes
24 Oct 2014





87 Princes Avenue, Hull HU5 3QP


£4 / £3 
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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 is 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.

DANNY RHODES His short stories have appeared in magazines on both sides of the Atlantic and 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. Danny Rhodes was at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989.

A percentage of profits from book sales will go to the Anfield Sports & Community Centre (ASCC), on behalf and in memory of the Hillsborough 96.