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Episode 6

Book at Bedtime, Red or Dead Episode 6 of 10

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 19 August 2013

By David Peace.

One hundred years ago on 2nd September 1913, in a small Scottish mining village in East Ayrshire, Bill Shankly was born.

Shankly's passion was football. It was his job and it was his life, both as a player and then as a manager. He transformed the fortunes of Liverpool Football Club, turning the team into a world class side, and he has been immortalised as a hero. From the very beginning, he was as committed to the fans as they were to him.

David Peace, acclaimed author of the 'Red Riding' series and 'The Damned United', now turns his attentions to Bill Shankly. 'Red or Dead' pulls Bill Shankly out of the football world and into the mainstream and tells us the story of the man, not just the manager. Peace describes Shankly as "not just a great football manager. Bill Shankly was one of the greatest men who ever lived."

David Peace's astonishing book takes us into Bill Shankly's home and his heart, beyond Anfield. For Bill, his wife Ness had always been his security. There was only Ness and football, football and Ness. But now, his wife's sudden serious illness shakes him deeply.

Read by Gary Lewis
Abridged by Robin Brooks
Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

Credits

Reader
Gary Lewis
Producer
Allegra McIlroy
Abridger
Robin Brooks
Author
David Peace

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