In the sequel to WE ARE CELTIC SUPPORTERS, Richard Purden tackles takes a fresh look at Celtic's relationship with individuals who have had made a unifying and cohesive impact on the club, its support and the team.
Following on from WE ARE CELTIC SUPPORTERS, Richard Purden tackles a variety of subjects in his second book, FAITHFUL THROUGH AND THROUGH. Here he takes a fresh look at the people who have added to the wider culture, reputation and traditions on and off the park which have strengthened Celtic's position as a much valued institution. Purden talks to a selection of supporters, ex-players, managers and public figures, while travelling to a number of historical locations. While visiting the club's ancestral home in Ireland he discusses Celtic in the context of faith, politics and identity. The author channels the voices of secret millionaires, Irish troubadours, Scottish politicians and the club's most popular icons who take you on a Celtic odyssey in a continuing story that underlines why this team from Glasgow's East End personify a way of life that represents unwavering hope and positive life-affirming values around the world.
The Celtic soul is all about the support & you'll feel & touch it here! - Matt McGlone, Editor of the Alternative View magazine and author of Emotionally Celtic
This is a terrific, well written and beautifully pitched book, something football fans, especially Celtic fans have been waiting for; for a long time - Andrew O'Hagan, author of The Missing
We Are Celtic supporters hits you in a flourish of green and white...you don't need to be a Celtic supporter to find this book an absorbing read - John Gibson, Edinburgh Evening News
Celtic isn't something that happens on a Saturday - it is always happening in your heart, or soul, or way of life. Over and over we read that contributors have used Celtic as a moral or ethical compass in their lives. A place where they learned that style and brio matters even over substance and that the game (of life) is never over till it's over. - Des Dillon, author of Singin I'm No A Billy He's A Tim
The book is an incisive, thoughtful and necessarily partisan look at one of the world's most recognisable clubs - football-books.com
The book of the year... The book, like Celtic, is more than football - Simon Dames, Catholic Times
There is no excuse if you haven't read this book - Nathan Amin, TalkCeltic.net
Hoops fans are well represented in this heart-warming book... He seeks out the people, passion and humour and what it means to support the club - John Murray, Leith FM
Richard Purden grew up in Edinburgh but with family roots in Limerick and the west of Scotland he always felt a strong connection to Irish literature, culture and of course, Celtic FC. While studying at the University of Stirling he began to write arts reviews for student magazine Brig and on graduating he was first published in the Celtic View, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Post. More recently he has contributed to Four Four Two, the Sunday Mail and the award-winning Herald Saturday magazine.