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Your Show

Ashley Hickson-Lovence

The brilliant novelisation of the life of Uriah Rennie, the Premier League’s first and only Black referee.

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‘It’s a double celebration tonight, not that many will care about your special role. You carry the weight of the occasion on your shoulders, take it in your stride. You’ve worked hard to get here, earned these palpitations…’

From Jamaica to Sheffield to the recently formed Premier League, Uri rises through the ranks as a referee, making it to the the highest level of our national game.

But along the way he is confronted with tensions and prejudices, old and new, which emerge as his every move is watched, analysed and commented on.

Your Show is an extraordinary novel which charts one man’s pioneering efforts to make it, against the odds, to the very top of his profession and beyond.

Critic Reviews

Here is something entirely new, and brilliant: a novel-as-biography of the Premier League’s first black referee . . . It will linger with you long after you finish it.

Critic Reviews

Not only is this a thrilling and emotional look at the legacy of one of football's most compelling heroes; it's also wonderfully inventive, detailing a life lived with passion for the game, resilience against racism, hope and integrity. Ashley has written a real tribute to Uriah Rennie.

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A novel rich in both poetry and detail, which documents the rises and the falls, the dismissals and the banishment, and the relentless determination of one man to defy the prejudices of others and to make his dreams real.

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Your Show remakes the novel as an immersive, defiant, precise work of internal biography. The approach is as compelling and resolute as its subject.

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A painful story in so many ways, but there's something incredibly moving about Ashley's depiction of Uriah and his passion for his sport, his generosity, and faith in humanity. Whether a fan of football or not, readers will love this novel, and its ultimate message – one of hope.


Ashley Hickson-Lovence was born in London in 1991 and is a former secondary school English teacher. He is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia and is a Lecturer of Creative Writing at the Arts University Bournemouth. In his spare time, using his experience as a football referee himself, he formally observes…

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