Heartland

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Profile, May 1, 2010 - Fiction - 300 pages
It is Spring 2002, with local elections looming. A mosque is being built on the site where Cinderheath's iconic steelworks once dominated the town. 'The Tipton Three', from just down the road, are imprisoned in Guantanamo; 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'.

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User Review  - blackhornet - LibraryThing

I bought this book on the basis of a glowing review in The Guardian. It's not bad but I can't say it lived up to the review. Set in and around Dudley (Britain's 'Heartland'), during the 2002 World Cup ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Anthony Cartwright was born in 1973 in Dudley. He worked as an English teacher in schools in London and the Midlands for over ten years, and is currently a First Story writer-in-residence at Abbey Manor College in Lewisham. His debut novel The Afterglow won a Betty Trask award was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, James Tait Black Memorial Prize and John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; his second novel Heartland was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was adapted for BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime; his third novel How I Killed Margaret Thatcher was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and was a Fiction Uncovered 2013 selection. His new novel Iron Towns is forthcoming from Serpent's Tail in 2016.

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