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.
A percentage of profits will go to the Anfield Sports & Community Centre (ASCC), on behalf and in memory of the Hillsborough 96.
'If you watched football in the 1980s, you’ll want to read it. If you started watching the game post-Hillsborough, you MUST read it' Steve Wilson, MOTD commentator
'This is an important book. It is dark and grim and severe but it is a remarkable thing to read. It has immense power and is utterly compelling. I finished it in just a couple of sittings' Scott Pack
'Rhodes’ depiction of disaster and ensuing PTSD has the ring of authenticity: he was at Hillsborough that fateful day' Daily Mail
'Without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read for impassioned impact, beauty of writing, absolute authenticity and pure emotional resonance' lizlovesbooks
'Fan is so much more than a football, or a sports, book. It’s a searingly powerful exploration of raw pain and emotion and one of the most unforgettable books I’ll read this year' louisereviews