Moving The Goalposts
‘As good an explanation as you will ever read of how the deindustrialisation of the 70s and 80s fuelled Brexit’ The Times
‘Magnificent . . . A fascinating insight into a decade that changed the nature of sport and changed the face of the country’ Rory Smith, Chief Soccer Correspondent, New York Times
Featuring many interviews with sportsmen, managers, miners, musicians, fans and local politicians, this deeply researched and moving investigation casts a new light on an era that read the last rites for the country’s collective culture.
A fascinating insight into a decade that changed the nature of sport and changed the face of the country. This magnificent book is about Yorkshire . . . but its examination of God's own county will have echoes for people in every corner of Britain. -- Rory Smith, Chief Soccer Correspondent, New York Times This is a wonderful book, at its heart about why we love our sport with such a passion. -- Phil Caplan * Forty20 (national rugby league magazine) * Authoritative, passionate and evocative this deeply researched work is about more than Yorkshire, more than sport. It is about society and needs to be read in Westminster as much as Leeds, Bradford or Sheffield. -- Glenn Moore The language sparkles, the insights flash . . . The rise and fall of Yorkshire sporting giants is a marvellous prism for the social and economic change in the region . . . Essential. * Prospect * A Yorkshire Tragedy combines social and sporting history with total relevance to the present day. A fine record of the sad decline of God's own country. -- David Bernstein, FA chairman 2011-2013 Again the echoes of Brexit are clear. Commentators and strategists just weren't listening to the right conversations. Or reading the right things. J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy eloquently tells the story of the "left behind" in the Appallachians and the social and economic costs of change that fuelled the rage underpinning Trump. The British equivalent is the brilliant A Yorkshire Tragedy by Anthony Clavane, which is as good an explanation as you will ever read of how the deindustrialisation of the 70s and 80s fuelled Brexit. * The Times * A well-researched, lovingly-written, thoughtful journey across the sporting highs and struggles of a great English region - placed in the context of its social fabric, qualities, conflicts and historic disasters: Anthony Clavane's book illuminates, and delivers important home truths throughout. -- David Conn A tender and often terrifying tour of some of Yorkshire's - and England's - most cherished sporting institutions and the communities that surround and succour them, and how their experience reflects the nation's swaying fortunes since the start of the 1980s, A Yorkshire Tragedy is compelling, illuminating, very human and often quite moving. -- Simon Burnton * Guardian * If you want to know how it feels to be left behind, if you want to know how it feels to be forgotten, if you want to know how it feels to be heartbroken, then read this book. -- David Peace
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