Posted on 9th December 2014

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Whatever Happened to Billy Parks

In footballing parlance, there’s something more than a little ‘route one’ about Gareth R Roberts’ Whatever Happened to Billy Parks? and its efforts to emulate the success of David Peace’s bestseller The Damned United. The cover font and colour combination are pretty direct simulacra, and its game-of-two-halves structure (alternating chapters between the rise to prominence…

Posted on 14th July 2014

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Whatever Happened To Billy Parks?

In 2014, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize worked with the Regional Literature Development Agencies to find reading groups across the UK to read the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning titles. Whatever Happened To Billy Parks? by Gareth R Roberts was read by the Nottingham Readers from Nottingham and below are reviews from its reading group members. 

Posted on 19th June 2014

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Whatever Happened to Billy Parks?

Whatever Happened to Billy Parks? is a darkly comical, fantastically engaging and unabashedly sentimental portrait of a once great footballer that grapples with many modern-day preoccupations – alcohol addiction, the effects of fame and how we mythologise our sporting heroes – but never at the price of fine, page-turning storytelling.” Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The…