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A Yorkshire Tragedy

The Rise and Fall of a Sporting Powerhouse

By Anthony Clavane

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THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF PROMISED LAND AND DOES YOUR RABBI KNOW YOU'RE HERE? EXAMINES YORKSHIRE'S ENDANGERED STATUS AS A SPORTING POWERHOUSE.

THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF PROMISED LAND AND DOES YOUR RABBI KNOW YOU'RE HERE? SETS HIS FOCUS TO YORKSHIRE, AND ITS ENDANGERED STATUS AS A SPORTING POWERHOUSE.

'If you want to know how it feels to be left behind, if you want to know how it feels to be forgotten, if you want to know how it feels to be heartbroken, then read this book' David Peace

For the past 30 years, something has been missing from British sport. For some it has lost its heart and soul. Anthony Clavane argues that it has lost its Yorkshireness, which possibly amounts to the same thing.

A Yorkshire Tragedy is the final part of Anthony Clavane's triptych that examines belonging, identity and the rise and fall of tightly knit sporting communities through the prism of the author's own personal experience.

Loved A Yorkshire Tragedy? Then check out Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here? - Anthony Clavane's highly acclaimed history of Jewish involvement in English football.

Biographical Notes

Anthony Clavane was born in Leeds in 1960 and is a Sunday Mirror sports writer. He has won Press Gazette Feature Writer of the Year and BT Regional Sportswriter of the Year awards. His first book Promised Land: A Northern Love Story was named both Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year by the National Sporting Club, Sports Book of the Year by The Radio 2 Book Club, and won the award for Football Book of the Year at the 2011 British Sports Book Awards. His second book, Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here?: The Story of English Football's Forgotten Tribe was shortlisted for the 2013 British Sports Awards Football Book of the Year and inspired the Four Four Jew exhibition at the Jewish Museum in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781848665125
  • Publication date: 01 Sep 2016
  • Page count: 304
  • Imprint: riverrun
If you want to know how it feels to be left behind, if you want to know how it feels to be forgotten, if you want to know how it feels to be heartbroken, then read this book. — David Peace
A tender and often terrifying tour of some of Yorkshire's - and England's - most cherished sporting institutions and the communities that surround and succour them, and how their experience reflects the nation's swaying fortunes since the start of the 1980s, A Yorkshire Tragedy is compelling, illuminating, very human and often quite moving. — Simon Burnton, Guardian
A well-researched, lovingly-written, thoughtful journey across the sporting highs and struggles of a great English region - placed in the context of its social fabric, qualities, conflicts and historic disasters: Anthony Clavane's book illuminates, and delivers important home truths throughout. — David Conn
Again the echoes of Brexit are clear. Commentators and strategists just weren't listening to the right conversations. Or reading the right things. J. D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy eloquently tells the story of the "left behind" in the Appallachians and the social and economic costs of change that fuelled the rage underpinning Trump. The British equivalent is the brilliant A Yorkshire Tragedy by Anthony Clavane, which is as good an explanation as you will ever read of how the deindustrialisation of the 70s and 80s fuelled Brexit. — The Times
A Yorkshire Tragedy combines social and sporting history with total relevance to the present day. A fine record of the sad decline of God's own country. — David Bernstein, FA chairman 2011-2013
The language sparkles, the insights flash . . . The rise and fall of Yorkshire sporting giants is a marvellous prism for the social and economic change in the region . . . Essential. — Prospect
Authoritative, passionate and evocative this deeply researched work is about more than Yorkshire, more than sport. It is about society and needs to be read in Westminster as much as Leeds, Bradford or Sheffield. — Glenn Moore
This is a wonderful book, at its heart about why we love our sport with such a passion. — Phil Caplan, Forty20 (national rugby league magazine)
A fascinating insight into a decade that changed the nature of sport and changed the face of the country. This magnificent book is about Yorkshire . . . but its examination of God's own county will have echoes for people in every corner of Britain. — Rory Smith, Chief Soccer Correspondent, New York Times
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