Anthony has always loved reading.
“As a child, I devoured books from the library,” he says. “My grandfather used to drink with the poet, Patrick Kavanagh, and I found the stories he told very romantic.”
Mad on sport, Anthony became a Liverpool fan after his dad had worked in Liverpool from the late 1970’s.
After school Anthony studied accountancy through a commencement course. And although he was, determined to write a book, and started a novel at 19, the world of business took over.
“I worked in investment, travelling the world.” A director of many companies, Anthony’s work covered the businesses of Aviation, bloodstock, wine and pharmaceuticals. “I enjoyed it, but finance was never my first love.”
In 2015, taking redundancy, Anthony decided to work on a novel he had written, and find a publisher, but then his brother died from a heart attack.
“That got me thinking about Liverpool FC – because most of the conversations I’d had with my brother had been about football. I thought of how generations of families are fans, and how that gives us a sense of identity.
“I went on the road with Liverpool, along with my son, but worried that the club was losing its soul. Where is it going in the future?”
Who is Anthony Carragher
Date of birth: 1970 in Dublin.
Education: St David’s Christian Brothers’ School in ArtaneHome: Dublin and Limerick.
Family: Partner; children from marriage, Gavin 13, and Melissa, 12.
The Day Job: Fulltime writer
In Another Life: “I love the arts, culture and sport. I’d love the time to explore all these things in detail.”
Favourite Writers: Richard Ford; Cormac McCarthy; Colm Tóibín. “My favourite book is Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.”
Second Novel: “I’m going back to my novel in the New Year.”
Top Tip: Observe and take notes.
The Debut: Lost? Liverpool F.C. and English Football at the Crossroads. Matador: €12.99. Kindle: €6.74
Following Liverpool FC’s glorious past, including interviews with many key figures, Lost, is as much a meditation on the way the clubs have changed from the days of true community, to the more moneyed present.
“I wanted to document a sense of place and time.”
The Verdict: Imaginatively written. Perfect for the ‘thinking’ football supporter.
Published on 6th January, 2018
© Sue Leonard. 2018