‘A complex and moving portrayal of obsession, football and heroes with boots of clay. Rodge Glass warps sincerity with an ironist’s ear – great stuff’
Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs was Rodge’s third novel. It was first published in trade paperback by Tindal Street Press in 2012, then in paperback by Serpent’s Tail in paperback in 2013.
Bring Me the Head... in brief – from Serpent’s Tail’s site:
Mark Wilson’s whole life has been about the moment when he steps on to Old Trafford to make his first appearance for Man Utd. But when a wayward pass from Ryan Giggs leads to THE WORST DEBUT EVER, Mark’s schoolboy obsession with him develops into something more dangerous.
Fifteen years later, after a career interrupted by drinking, injury, gambling, RESTRAINING ORDERS and burglary, Mark is now sober, gainfully-employed and looking forward to watching United at their CHAMPIONS LEAGUE-WINNING BEST. Most importantly for Mark, he is reconciled with the mother of his son, little Ryan. But as the old urges continue to struggle for voice in his head, can he keep his eye on the goal?
‘Drawing on an impressive fund of United trivia, Glass views a great team from the perspective of the (fictional) runt of the litter.’
More praise for Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs:
‘A gripping rollercoaster ride through the nature of obsession and the unregarded lives of football failures’
A unique idea: an unhinged obsessive failure from Manchester United’s Class of ’92 blames Giggs for his demise and plots vengeance’
Four Four Two
‘A very good comic writer’
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