Book Launch. A Yorkshire Tragedy by Anthony Clavane, Monday 19th September, 7pm at Waterstones, Leeds

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19/09/2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Join author, playwright and journalist, Anthony Clavane as he talks about his new book, A Yorkshire Tragedy , with freelance journalist and author, Yvette Huddleston on Monday 19th September at Waterstones, Leeds. This is a free event.

9781848665125In A Yorkshire Tragedy, Anthony Clavane tells the story of the 1980s through the prism of Yorkshire sport, and traces the county’s subsequent decline in the realms of football, cricket and rugby league.

There is currently only one Yorkshire team in the Premier League; several of them have lurched from financial disaster to despair, tumbling down the divisions. The world-famous Headingley is no longer an Ashes test ground. Attendances at rugby league matches are falling.

For the past three decades something has been missing from British sport. For some it has lost its heart and soul. This book’s argument is that it has lost its Yorkshireness,
which possibly amounts to the same thing.

The 1980s, which were bookended by the capture of the Yorkshire Ripper and the Hillsborough disaster, were a tragedy for Yorkshire and its sporting teams. The collapse of the county’s industries led to the ebbing of its power in three sports: football, cricket and rugby league. In this mercurial, post-industrial age, the biggest county in England remains a symbol of what sport has lost.

A Yorkshire Tragedy is a lament for a disappearing world but also a celebration of the buoyancy that remains at the heart of the county’s sporting identity.

Extensively researched, and featuring many interviews with the decade’s sportsmen, managers, miners, fans and local politicians, it casts a new light on an era that read the last rites for Yorkshire’s- and the country’s – collective, working class culture.

trag 1Anthony was born and brought up in Leeds and has had three plays performed in Leeds: Playing The Joker, Promised Land and Leeds Lads – the last two co-written with Nick Stimson. 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.