David Peace - named in 2003 as one of Granta's Best of Young Novelists - is the acclaimed author of the Red Riding Quartet (1974, 1977, 1980, and 1983), which was adapted into a BBC television series that was released theatrically in the United States, and is currently being adapted into a major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott. Peace is also the author of the highly praised Tokyo Trilogy, which so far includes Tokyo Year Zero and Occupied City. His book GB84 was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and The Damned Utd was called "probably the best novel ever written about sport" by The Times (UK). His newest book, Red or Dead, was shortlisted for the UK's prestigious Goldsmith's Prize.
"The greatest novel on English football."
"If there's one sports novel you should read, it's probably The Damned Utd . . . a meticulous, if fictional, reconstruction of a crucial period in the career of one of European soccer's most brilliant and fascinating figures . . . one of the most insightful portrayals ever put to print of the insecurity, pride, and vanity that make up the greater part of nearly any successful coach's character."
"Probably the best novel ever written about sport."
-The Times (UK)
"Fascinating . . . Brilliant."
"The Damned Utd isn't good, it's brilliant. Vivid . . . compelling . . . as the reader, you are swept along. It is quite an achievement."
"The most extraordinary novel about football yet to appear."
-Independent on Sunday
"The book that brought the legend back to life."
"Shakespearean in its scale, ambition, depth and elements of tragedy, farce and betrayal."
"Now this, young man, is what you call an exceptional . . . book, as bold, brilliant and unconventional as Brian Clough himself, whose voice is vividly brought back to life . . . It is a great story grippingly revived."
-The Times (Books of the Year)