From the publisher:
'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.
Anthony Clavane was born in Leeds in 1960 and is a Sunday Mirror sports writer. He has won Press Gazette Feature Writer of the Year and BT Regional Sportswriter of the Year awards. His first book Promised Land: A Northern Love Story was named both Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year by the National Sporting Club, Sports Book of the Year by The Radio 2 Book Club, and won the award for Football Book of the Year at the 2011 British Sports Book Awards. His second book, Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here?: The Story of English Football's Forgotten Tribe was shortlisted for the 2013 British Sports Awards Football Book of the Year and inspired the Four Four Jew exhibition at the Jewish Museum in London.