And the Sun Shines Now by Adrian Tempany
How Hillsborough and the Premier League Changed Britain

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Tempany shoehorns everything from punk rock to phone-hacking into his polemic. But the statistics are so startling you’ll repeatedly double-take...
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On 15 April 1989, 96 people were fatally injured on a football terrace at an FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield. The Hillsborough disaster was broadcast live on the BBC; it left millions of people traumatised, and English football in ruins.

And the Sun Shines Now is not a book about Hillsborough. It is a book about what arrived in the wake of unquestionably the most controversial tragedy in the post-war era of Britain's history. The Taylor Report. Italia 90. Gazza's tears. All seater stadia. Murdoch. Sky. Nick Hornby. The Premier League. The transformation of a game that once connected club to community to individual into a global business so rapacious the true fans have been forgetten, disenfranchised.

In powerful polemical prose, against a backbone of rigorous research and interiew, Adrian Tempany deconstructs the past quarter century of English football and examines its place in the world. How did Hillsborough and the death of 96 Liverpool fans come to change the national game beyond recognition? And is there any hope that clubs can reconnect with a new generation of fans when you consider the startling statistic that the average age of season ticket holder here is 41, compared to Germany's 21.

Perhaps the most honest account of the relationship between the football and the state yet written, And the Sun Shines Now is a brutal assessment of the modern game.

 

About Adrian Tempany

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Adrian Tempany is a Liverpool supporter and a journalist who has written for the Observer and the Financial Times.
 
Published May 20, 2016 by Faber & Faber. 416 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Peter Marshall on Jun 07 2016

Tempany shoehorns everything from punk rock to phone-hacking into his polemic. But the statistics are so startling you’ll repeatedly double-take...

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Reviewed by Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Jun 05 2016

His description of that April afternoon is so gut-wrenching that I had to take a break after every couple of paragraphs. His writing is so vivid partly because he has never been allowed to consign the sights and sensations of that day to history.

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Reviewed by Andy Beckett on Jun 01 2016

But even the widest ranging truth commission wouldn’t call to account all the forces responsible for Hillsborough and what happened to football afterwards. This brave book does that.

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