David Peace is a contemporary British author best known for his crime novels and for the 'Red Riding Quartet,' which includes the titles 'Nineteen Seventy-Four,' 'Nineteen Seventy-Seven,' 'Nineteen Eighty,' and 'Nineteen Eighty-Three.' His work often explores themes of crime, corruption, and the human condition. Peace was also nominated for the Booker Prize for his novel 'GB84,' which delves into the events surrounding the miners' strike in Britain during the 1980s. His writing style is characterized by its gritty realism and experimental narrative techniques.
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"GB84" by David Peace is a gripping novel set during the 1984-1985 miners' strike in Britain. The story follows the lives of various characters, including union leaders, miners, and government officials, as they navigate the brutal and violent clash between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Conservative government. With its intense portrayal of the social, political, and economic turmoil of the time, the book offers a raw and realistic depiction of the struggles faced by both the striking miners and those in power.
This novel provides a fictionalized account of the infamous 44-day period in 1974 when Brian Clough was the manager of Leeds United, a top-flight English football club. Told from Clough's perspective, the narrative alternates between his time at Leeds and his earlier successful period managing Derby County. The story explores Clough's obsessive rivalry with Don Revie, the previous manager of Leeds, and his struggles to gain the respect of the Leeds players, ultimately leading to his dismissal.