Autumn 1964 in the industrial heart of England. Fifteen-year-old Billy Collier lives for pop music and football, spending Saturday afternoons watching his local team, West Bromwich Albion, from the Hawthorns terraces. When Billy and his best mate Johnny 'Jonah' Cartwright become part of the club's new "home end" - the Brummie Road - it feels like they've finally discovered the ideal refuge from troubled home lives. But their troubles are only just beginning. Life in the Black Country is as frustrating and unpredictable as any Albion match, and as their club strives to claim the highest honours in English football, the boys struggle with love, loss and personal betrayal. Hard times ravage the region while violence and racism take root on the streets and the terraces, and people cling on to the leanest of hopes. As the years pass, and Albion's fortunes suffer more and more, the doubts for Billy and Jonah only grow. Are the good times really around the corner? Can their loyalty and friendship survive life's painful hurdles? Can ordinary underdogs ever succeed in a rich man's world? Can David Mills really be worth half a million quid? Set against a backdrop of social upheaval and industrial decline; chronicling the ups, downs and even-further-downs of one football club and its most vocal supporters across four decades; brimming with drama, pathos, Black Country humour and dialect; Brummie Road is a story about everyday life and love in the workshop of the world.
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Ian Richards was born in the Black Country, growing up in the industrial town of Tipton. He worked a variety of manual jobs as a young man while publishing short stories, including "Going Grapefruit", which placed third in the 2012 Bristol Prize. His first novel, Brummie Road, was published in 2014.
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