April 5th 2012
Royal paperback


  • Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for Non-fiction 2009
  • Shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council Non-fiction Book of the Year 2009
  • Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2005
  • Shortlisted for the Authors’ Club First Novel Award 2005

Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs by Rodge Glass

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“You’ve heard of me, right? I’m Marky Wilson, aka ‘Little Giggs’, the Manchester boy born to play at the Theatre of Dreams, and this is my story.

“Everyone gets a book in the end. The bit-part players. The wives. Even some of the ex-wives. But this is no ordinary life right here, it’s proper Roy of the Rovers stuff: last minute goals, amazing comebacks, and one of the most dramatic debuts in history. I came up with the Class of 92, proper Premiership legends everyone’s heard of: Dave Beckham, Scholesy, the Neville Sisters. And then there’s Ryan Giggs, the last great gent of the game. The most successful player of all time. Fergie went to his house to sign him up you know. He did the same with me, and that’s when life began. The girls. The money. The glory.

“Still, not everyone’s as lucky as Ryan. It didn’t help when dad did a Houdini two days before my debut. And then there was that pass from Giggsy when I was clean through – if you didn’t know what a great pro he is, you might have thought he was jealous. I wonder sometimes . . . late at nights. Why he doesn’t answer my letters?

“But you know my story, right? RIGHT? You should do. It’s important. Now LISTEN.”

A gripping rollercoaster ride through the nature of obsession and the unregarded lives of football failures

The Daily Mail

Glass’s narrative is beautifully controlled, full of temporal hops and deft shifts in register.

The Independent on Sunday

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