And the Sun Shines Now
The story of how modern football has changed from being the people’s game to an elite multi-million pound business, and of what it has lost in the process.
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WINNER OF THE NEW WRITER AWARD AT THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE, THE GORDON BURN PRIZE AND FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS
FEATURED IN THE OBSERVER’S SPORTS WRITERS’ BOOKS OF THE YEAR
And the Sun Shines Now is a book about why Hillsborough happened, and how the flawed response to the disaster created a ‘whole new ball game’ but destroyed a culture. The Taylor Report. All-seater stadia. Police lies. Political neglect. Murdoch. The oligarchs. And an FA plan to gentrify football. But what happens when you take the people’s game away from the people? What happens to the game, and what happens to the people? Powerful, funny, soulful and brutal, Adrian Tempany’s acclaimed book exposes the real cost of the modern game . . . and the forces that shaped it.
The most important book about modern football I've ever read.
And the Sun Shines Now, the superb new book by Adrian Tempany, deconstructs the dramatic changes that have taken place in English football in the 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster.
This is a bold, important, honest, gripping, authoritative book that takes us to the dark heart of how Britain works. It's also brilliantly written . . . This book is not just an examination of the state of football but an attempt by Tempany to work out what happened to him and to Britain - and more surprisingly, what we can do about it.
‘Even the widest ranging truth commission wouldn’t call to account all the forces responsible for Hillsborough and what happened to football afterwards. This brave book does that.’
‘It is impossible not to be moved by the personal perspective Tempany brings. Anyone who loves football should read this. It is important, thorough, fiercely argued, meticulously researched and speaks much truth to power.’
'If you love football, if you like it, or have ever been in a pub while an England game was on, read this book. It’s history... Not the version of history written by the winners, the authorities or the rich who love the financial potential of the football industry and have somehow confused that with a love of the game. This is history as it should be written. '
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