A5 paperback; 112 pages; £4.50 (plus £1.00 p&p)
ISBN 0 9520317 2 8
“Well if you want my opinion George you could have done a lot worse than Rose.”
Ma Harris in The Sportsman
Based on the life of George Harris who became a local sports legend. Through playing for Villa, Albion and Coventry he achieved the working man’s dream of owning his own pub which he renamed THE SPORTSMAN. The novel tells the tale behind the headlines.
Clarice Hackett’s writing brings to life the early years of the 20th century; the coal and steel; the heat and the noise; the poverty and deprivation… and above all the passion for sport which drove men like George Harris.
But George was driven by other passions too. The prospect of a marriage into respectability paves the way for a secure future…. Will things go George’s way, or will they go the way of Rosannah, barmaid at George’s local.
The Sportsman is a story of love unrequited which displays a passion for life set against the grim backcloth of the Black Country at the turn of the last century.
“I’m regularly asked to recommend reading which would give a quick dose of life as it was… This novel fills that request better than anything else that comes to mind.” Stan Hill, The Blackcountryman
“This story has everything, it should be made into a film or TV programme…” WABC Radio