In the latest episode of Pagecast, critic and football fan David Gorin chats to Phil McNulty and Jim White about Red on Red
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This week’s episode of Pagecast, the podcast from Jonathan Ball Publishers, critic and football fan David Gorin interviews Phil McNulty and Jim White, the co-authors of Red on Red.
Pagecast offers you insider interviews with recently published authors, looking into the process of writing, exploring the narratives within and providing you with the story behind the story.
Red on Red tells the untold story of the most contested fixture in world football! Liverpool and Manchester. Two gloriously independent-minded, eclectic, culturally vibrant places. Yet the inhabitants dislike each other with a passion that is visceral. It is a divide that spans generations across class, gender and ethnicity. And it has grown over the years, largely driven by one thing: football.
The dark, malignant loathing shared by the followers of Liverpool and Manchester United has seeped into every aspect of life in the two cities. Football is not a barometer of disdain, as it is in places like Glasgow or Istanbul or Moscow. In northwest England, it is the engine of animosity.
How did it come to this? Why did things turn so nasty? And what does it say about the two cities in which the clubs are based?
Written by a Scouser and a Manc in a rare collaboration, Red on Red addresses the divide. Its authors tell the full story of the most extraordinary division not just in football, but in modern Britain.
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