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If the kids are United [Paperback]

If the kids are United [Paperback] £5.99

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A witty insight into the loneliness of the long-distance red. Like Hill’s life, the book is balanced between two worlds – the very real world of Jacksdale, and the almost mythical world of Old Trafford, which haunts the young Hill’s mind much in the same way as Atlantis must have menaced the infant Captain Nemo. And while it’s hard to describe villages like Jacksdale without straying into parody, Hill describes his village and his family with wit and pathos.’
***** Four Four Two

‘This story of a Red growing up in a pit village during the 70's and 80's is both funny and sad at times...A great read.’
4/5 Glory Glory Man United (MUFC official magazine)

‘For younger fans, there is an intoxicating account of the run-in to Fergie's first title triumph in 1993, while older fans will relish exhilarating memories of United in the 70's, a decade of Cup finals and cock-ups. Equally entertaining is Hill's witty and often poignant portrayal of a youth spent in a declining mining community...Impassioned and bleak but also hilarious.’
Manchester UNITED (the official MUFC magazine)

‘Hill can be funny, but really finds his voice in harrowing recollections of the Hillsborough tragedy.’
Daily Mail

‘A laddish feast of music, football and autobiography. Hill's passion for the game shines out like floodlights at a night-time match.’
Nottingham Evening Post

‘A veritable collection of football stories from Hillsborough to Busby, Scargill to flares. It's a refreshing perspective from a non-Manc Red and it has poignant recollections from 70's Cup finals and 80's hoolie days.’
United We Stand

‘Tony Hill made his momentous decision to become a Red Devils supporter in the 1970’s and for the next twenty-two years lived and breathed to bag a Cup Final ticket. In this hilarious debut, Hill describes his consistently thwarted attempts to get his hands on the elusive voucher.’
EGO

‘A days-of-our-lives view of Man United from the wilderness years of the 70's to the rattling rise of Fergie's Red army.’
**** Total Football

‘An East Midlands Fever Pitch without the middle-class guilt complex. It also points out that D.H. Lawrence got panned in a local pub for not supporting a Nottingham team.’
Left Lion --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

AAbout the Author

Tony Hill hails from Jacksdale, an old mining village on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, deep in D.H. Lawrence country. The world famous writer used to come dancing in Tony's village, where he had a great time, until, allegedly, getting knocked out for not supporting a local team. This is mentioned in Tony's books If the Kids are United and The Palace and the Punks. One of the last authors to be published by Victor Gollancz (before the Orion takeover), his - Kes evoking - book If the Kids are United was called 'the working-class Fever Pitch,' and received 5 and 4 star reviews. A punk writer, his style is fast paced and spontaneous. --This text refers to an alternate Paperbackedition.

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9780956840950

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