From the publisher:
This book kicks on from where Man Friday: the first half left off.
It is July 1976 and Robin Friday is now a Third Division footballer, but he still dreams of reaching the top of his profession. There is only one thing that stands in his way: himself. Kane takes us inside the mind of Friday and brings him back to life in this vivid tale of one of football’s wildest men. This biographical fiction finally reveals the details that led to his difficulties at Reading and Cardiff City before his tragic death aged just thirty-eight years old.
Stuart Kane is a novelist, researcher, and teacher who was born in Birmingham. Kane holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham. He had trials at Aston Villa as a youngster and was on the books at Walsall FC but wasn’t offered YTS forms. He then turned his focus to rugby where he played rugby league for Ireland Students in the mid-nineties. He has been published academically as a co-author of Conversations with Biographical Novelists: Truthful Fictions across the Globe (Bloomsbury 2019).
Stuart’s passion for football and biographical fiction combined to create Man Friday (The Life and Times of Robin Friday). ‘I wanted to bring Robin Friday back to life and tell his story more authentically. It had to be told from Robin’s point of view, not wanting to stray too far from the facts, and to try and find out what really happened to him during his life. He was an exceptionally complex character and my books stay true to his spirit and character.’