Newcastle United Stole My Heart w/ Michael Chaplin and Dan Jackson

8 Sep 2021 – 18:00 – 20:00 BST
Blackwell's Newcastle
Blackwell's Bookshop
141 Percy Street
Newcastle upon Tyne

Michael Chaplin will talk about his new book Newcastle United Stole My Heart with Dan Jackson, bestselling author of The Northumbrians.

About the book

The magnificent story of a writer’s lifelong obsession with his city and its football club.

When 5-year-old Michael Chaplin landed in a strange city of ships in the late 1950s, he looked in vain for something that would anchor him to it, make him feel at home. Then, one Saturday afternoon, it came: the roar of a crowd, and a football team to support. Young Michael became an avid Newcastle United fan, and has remained one-if sometimes disenchanted-for over sixty years.

In this football memoir with a difference, the celebrated playwright and screenwriter tells the story of his six-decade love affair with the club, each chapter recreating an iconic Newcastle match: the players who graced the game, the managers in the dug-out, and the backdrop outside the stadium-both the changing face of Newcastle, and the ups and downs of Michael’s own life and career.

This vivid, thoughtful and entertaining book is an absolute must-read for all Newcastle United supporters, and indeed-given that the club is often described as everyone’s second favourite-for football fans everywhere…

About the speakers

Michael Chaplin is a playwright, television and non-fiction writer, as well as a former producer and executive at ITV and the BBC. His writing credits include the highly successful television series Grafters and Monarch of the Glen, as well as nearly 100 plays for the theatre and BBC Radio 4.

Dan Jackson is a founding member of the Northumbria WW1 Commemoration Project, which received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Author of Popular Opposition to Irish Home Rule in Edwardian Britain, he has written for the New Statesman and appeared on the BBC’s Making History and Who Do You Think You Are?.

Newcastle United Stole My Heart and the brand new, updated paperback edition of The Northumbrians will both be available to purchase on the night (card only) and Michael and Dan will both be signing copies after their talk. If you would like a signed copy of either book but cannot make the event please contact Blackwell’s on 01912326421 or [email protected] and they can arrange this for you.
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