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Hillsborough survivor Danny Rhodes gives book talk at Deal Library

15 April 2014
by Beth Robson

Hillsborough survivor Danny Rhodes has made a date to visit Deal Library to discuss his latest book about the disaster - which happened 25 years ago yesterday. 

The talk will take place on Saturday, May 17 at 2pm, where Danny will read from his latest novel, 'Fan'. 

Hillsborough survivor Danny Rhodes will be talking about his book at Deal Library Picture Ruth Cuerden

Hillsborough survivor Danny Rhodes will be talking about his book at Deal Library Picture: Ruth Cuerden

The Canterbury author and creative writing teacher attended the game against Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 14, 1989 when he was 18. But instead of seeing the match he was so excited to see, the Forest fan had a "grandstand view" of the worst tragedy in sporting history.

Fan tells the story of secondary school teacher John Finch, who revisits his home town 15 years after witnessing the tragic events at Hillsborough.

Described as a semi-autobiographical novel, Danny said: "John Finch is me really.

"Hopefully this book and the inquests taking place will give me the chance to put it all to bed" - Danny Rhodes

"A lot of the things that happened to John Finch in the book happened to me in real life. I had a few quite interesting life experiences that helped to build that character.

He said he hopes the inquests taking place into the 96 death will lead to families receiving long-awaited closure.

Danny added: "Hopefully this book and the inquests taking place will give me the chance to put it all to bed.

Other books by Danny Rhodes include Asboville (October 2006) and Soldier Boy (February 2009).

 

Visit his website at www.dannyrhodes.net.

  • The event at Deal Library on Saturday, May 17, starts at 2pm. It is suitable for adults and teens. Tickets are free and available from Deal Library. Telephone 0300 041 3131 or email deallibrary@kent.gov.uk

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