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In 1989, eighteen-year-old John Finch spends his Saturdays following Nottingham Forest up and down the country and the rest of the week trudging the streets of his hometown as a postal worker. His blossoming relationship with girlfriend Jen is his only other respite. In 2004 he spends his days teaching in a southern secondary school while delaying the inevitable onslaught ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Arcadia
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Liz Barnsley
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Arcadia and the author for the review copy.

In 1989, eighteen-year-old John Finch spends his Saturdays following Nottingham Forest up and down the country and the rest of the week trudging the streets of his hometown as a postal worker. His blossoming relationship with girlfriend Jen is his only other respite. In 2004 he spends his days teaching in a southern secondary school while delaying the inevitable onslaught of parenthood. Leading inexorably towards the FA Cup semi-final at Hi
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a real must read for any football fan who grew up in the 1980's - particularly close to home for me as I went to loads of games then albeit in Scotland rather than England (still do but only home ones these days) and Forest were always my favourite English team. It really should have many more ratings than it does but I'm not going to give it 5 stars as it was just too realistic and felt like an autobiography rather than a novel at times (the author was there at the Hillsborough disaster ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general, literary, sports
Fan – So Close to home.

As I sit here thinking about how I can do justice to this semi-autobiographic novel Fan by Danny Rhodes a lot of old memories have come flooding back some pleasant some not so pleasant. This novel is really in two halves, pre-Hillsborough and post-Hillsborough and Rhodes uses the persona of John Finch teenage fan who lived for following Nottingham Forest home and away but who was at Hillsborough on that fateful day in April 1989 when 96 people died and was a witness to wha
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fan by Danny Rhodes was published on 15 April 2014 by Arcadia Books. 15 April 2014 was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

I was brought up in a small North Nottinghamshire village, situated right at the very tip of Nottinghamshire and bordering both Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Nottingham, Sheffield, Doncaster, Lincoln - these were my stomping grounds, the places I knew, the places that were familiar to me.
Although I don't come from a family of football fans, we were
Book Addict Shaun
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I knew when I started this book it was going to be something special, but wow. Just wow. Nothing I can say will do this book justice and if you only take one thing away from this jumble of words make sure it is this: READ THIS BOOK. Read it, love it, and tell the world about it. Because books like this don't come along often, and when they do they deserve to be read. Don't ignore this book because you think it's about football. If you only read one book this year, make it this one. I've already ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The best book I have read for years!!
Margaret Madden
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in return for an honest review.....

Hillbsborough 1989. The worst sporting disaster in British history. Who can forget those pictures of fans being crushed to death? The feeling of helplessness. The shock of the onlookers who were witnessing the lives being lost. The discussions of who was to blame. The fear of family and friends of the supporters all over the country. The shivers felt when You'll Never Walk Alone was played.

Fan is a work of fict
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

[review also on my blog at http://beentherereadthatreviewedthebo...]

This is how to write a book. Fan is dark, brave and completely enthralling – much more than ‘a book about football’, Danny Rhodes has written a wonderful coming-of-age book.

I was drawn to this book as soon as I was aware of it because I thought it would take a lot of talent and guts to work a sensitive event like Hillsborough into fiction, but Fan surpassed my expectations massively. The book switches between present day and the
Pooja Shah
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fan, by Danny Rhodes is a painfully moving book about the worst sporting disasters in British history--the tragedy that took the lives of 96 Liverpool fans and injured so many more, physically as well as mentally. Rhodes expresses the grief of not only Liverpool and Nottingham fans but all football fans through the story of a young football fan, John Flinch and what tragic impact it had on his lives. Life takes a tragic turn for John Flinch as he becomes a witness to this disaster at Hillsboroug ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not having been a soccer (ahem, proper football) fan until relatively recently, I wasn't aware of Hillsborough when it happened. Maybe I heard it on the news back in 1989, but it couldn't have left much of an impression. I remember reading about it in Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch a few years back and being absolutely floored just imagining how horrible it must have been. Ninety-six people died at an F.A. Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989. Obviously they and their f ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
A harrowing and insightful journey through the long aftermath of tragedy. Rhodes takes us into the horror of the Hillsborough incident of 1989, and the long, slow damage it did not only to a country's passion for football, but to those who were there, those who lost someone, those who survived but went on to lose everything. A social critique cleverly packaged as a novel, a novel cunningly concealed beneath the craft of a quiet poet scratching out words in the back of a smoky London pub, a long ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Why is this book so depressing? I know Hillsborough and all the other events are dreadful and tragic but why is the whole fckn story written in so negative mood? I didn't even want to finish it. Being a 'Fan' is about something else and that's what I expected to be reading. Not this.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this. Very well written. Harrowing at times, but also funny and philosophic. Couldn't put it down. Thank you Danny Rhodes!
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Twisted crowd barriers. Lads lugging makeshift stretchers across a pitch strewn with the injured and bewildered. The dead lined up in rows on the turf. Twisted minutes. Twisted metal. Twisted news reports. Everything twisted."

Fan has been described as a must-read for anyone that started watching football after Hillsborough. I've not watched football before or after. It's not my cup of coffee. Good literature, though, is. And Fan most definitely is good literature.

With some books of late I've fe
Steven Kay
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Danny Rhodes novel sets out to capture the experience of a football fan in an authentic way. His character, John Finch, a 33 years old ‘former’ Forest fan who moved south to escape his former life, is on a quest fifteen years after witnessing the Hillsborough disaster from the Kop end. For reasons that for me don’t quite ring true, the death of Brian Clough, followed by news of the suicide of one of the mates he lost touch with from the terraces, severely disturbs his mental state – what you cou ...more
Katey Lovell
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
April 15th, 1989. Twenty five years ago today. Nottingham Forest v Liverpool at Hillsborough in the FA Cup semi final. It was a day which changed football forever.

In Fan, Danny Rhodes (a Nottingham Forest fan who was at Hillsborough himself on the day of the disaster) has written a novel which explores how the Hillsborough disaster affected so many people. John Finch, the protagonist in Fan, has never recovered from the scenes he saw as a Nottingham Forest fan at Hillsborough. Football had bee
Jackie Law
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fan, by Danny Rhodes, is a fascinating social commentary about changing times. Two stories about the same protagonist unfold side by side, one covering his teenage years in working class Nottingham, the other set fifteen years later when he travels from the new life he has carved out for himself down south to confront his demons in the home town he escaped from.

The writing style is raw and sparse but the tale is utterly compelling. There is a great deal of football in the story, but it is the fo
Debbie Kinsey
When I was little, and lived in Devon, Chelsea came down to play a local team. Big teams never came round our way, so my dad and his mate took me and my younger brother to watch. It would have been around ’91/’92, and I would have been 7-ish years old. At the time, I had no idea why my mum was so anxious about letting us go. I had never heard of Hillsborough.

Fan has the 1989 Hillsborough disaster at its centre, as it follows avid teenage Forest fan John Finch (Finchy) going to matches, and the m
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An extremely powerful book, beautifully written about a football fan both before and after Hillsborough; how that tragic day caused ripples in that fan's life and how fifteen years later he is still soul searching and trying to find peace. An incredible read.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you've never watched football stood on the terraces, the crowd surging forward and pushing back, that's because one afternoon the crowd couldn't push back...
Gabby Higuera
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A little choppy in parts but still a harrowing account of how PTSD affects a person.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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