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“Rhodes’ depiction of disaster and ensuring PTSD has the ring of authenticity: he was at Hillsborough that fateful day” DAILY MAIL

“A remarkable thing to read. It has immense power and is utterly compelling” SCOTT PACK

In 1989, 18-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. Leading inexorably towards the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, the worst sporting disaster on British history, ‘Fan’ glides between 1989 and 2004, when the true impact of this tragic day becomes evident.

Fan is a book about personal and collective tragedy. It’s about growing up and not growing up, about manhood and about what makes a man, and about football’s role in reflecting a society never more than a brick’s throw away from shattering point.

Dark, haunting and deeply personal, Danny Rhodes’ heart-felt novel explodes with gut-wrenching emotion and exposes how disaster can not only affect a life, but change its course for ever.


Danny Rhodes' spare prose is convincing . . . he asks important questions about social justice, but also tells a compellingly human story.
New Statesman
If you watched football in teh 1980s, you'll want to read it. If you started watching the game post-Hillsborough, you MUST read it.
Steven Wilson, Match of the Day commentator
Rhodes depiction of disaster and ensuing PTSD has the ring of authenticity: he was at Hillsborough that fateful day.
Daily Mail