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‘The football novel is back.‘ The Times
Wonderful.’ IRENOSEN OKOJIE
‘A novel rich in both poetry and detail.’ DAVID PEACE
‘Memorable and moving . . . Your Show is a remarkable book’ Observer
The Uriah Rennie Show? Damn right it is.
From Jamaica to Sheffield to the recently formed Premier League, Uri rises through the ranks as a referee, making it to 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 the thrilling story of one man’s pioneering efforts to make it, against the odds, to the very top of his profession and beyond.
‘A gripping, thought-provoking and important read.’ Daily Mail
‘Incredibly moving . . . Whether a fan of football or not, readers will love this novel, and its ultimate message — one of hope.‘ NICK BRADLEY
‘Fantastic.’ CANDICE CARTY-WILLIAMS
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.
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.
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.
Your Show remakes the novel as an immersive, defiant, precise work of internal biography. The approach is as compelling and resolute as its subject.
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.
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