Awards
Goldsmiths Prize Best Book (nominee)
A New York Times Editors' Choice

"[T]he stuff of great literature." - The New York Times | "Red or Dead is a winner." - The Washington Post


The place where the swinging sixties started - Liverpool, England, birthplace of the Beatles - wasn't so swinging. Amid industrial blight and a bad economy, the port town's shipping industry was going bust and there was widespread unemployment, with no assistance from a government tightening its belt. Even the Beatles moved to London.

Into these hard times walked Bill Shankly, a former Scottish coal miner who took over the city's perpetually last-place soccer team. He had a straightforward work ethic and a favorite song - a silly pop song done by a local band, "You'll Never Walk Alone." Soon he would have entire stadiums singing along, tens of thousands of people all dressed in the team color red . . . as Liverpool began to win . . .

And soon, too, there was something else those thousands of people would chant as one: Shank-lee, Shank-lee . . .

In Red or Dead, the acclaimed writer David Peace tells the stirring story of the real-life working-class hero who lifted the spirits of an entire city in turbulent times. But Red or Dead is more than a fictional biography of a real man, and more than a thrilling novel about sports. It is an epic novel that transcends those categories, until there's nothing left to call it but - as many of the world's leading newspapers already have - a masterpiece.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Red or Dead: A Novel
Author(s): David Peace
ISBN: 1-61219-368-4 / 978-1-61219-368-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Melville House
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August 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Red or Dead
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ISBN: 0-571-28065-X / 978-0-571-28065-0 (UK edition)
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Title: Red or Dead
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August 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: Red or Dead
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ISBN: 0-571-31142-3 / 978-0-571-31142-2 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Red or Dead: A Novel
Author(s): David Peace
ISBN: 1-61219-438-9 / 978-1-61219-438-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Melville House
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May 2014 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Red or Dead
Author(s): David Peace
ISBN: 0-571-28066-8 / 978-0-571-28066-7 (UK edition)
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August 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Red or Dead
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ISBN: 0-571-28068-4 / 978-0-571-28068-1 (UK edition)
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Title: Red or Dead: A Novel
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July 2013 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Red or Dead
Author(s): David Peace
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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