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Heartland

by Anthony Cartwright
£7.99   paperback  Tindal Street Press (2010)

Heartland by Anthony Cartwright A BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime – Broadcast in October 2009.
 
It is Spring 2002 in the Black Country, with local elections looming. A mosque is being built on the site where Cinderheath’s iconic steelworks once centred the town. ‘The Tipton Three’, from just down the road, are imprisoned in Guantanomo; the BNP expect to win new seats on the council. St. George’s flags fly from cars and windows: the World Cup is beginning, England to play Argentina. But first, a controversial Sunday-league football game must take place, billed by the press as ‘a match to spark a race war’.
 
Rob, once a professional footballer like his famous father, is now a track-suited teaching assistant, sympathetic to the children of families he knows too well. On the pitch, as the BNP prowl the touchlines, he finds himself facing Zubair, the brother of his missing best friend. Both men are bound together by the mystery of Adnan’s disappearance.
 
In this richly-imagined novel about grass-roots politics, football and the far right in a multicultural town, Anthony Cartwright audaciously enters the heartland of post-9/11 Britain.

ISBN 13: 9781906994082 | ISBN 10: 1906994080

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