Duncan Hamilton was a journalist at the Nottingham Evening Post for over twenty years. He now works and lives in Leeds.
'A unique insight!a captivating memoir.' News of the World 'He drank on duty, punched employees, called journalists shithouses , produced classic one-liners and was rumoured to like a bung -- but he got results. No, not Gene Hunt from Life on Mars , but another Seventies icon, Brian Clough. Playing the Sam Tyler role here is Duncan Hamilton, a teenage reporter on the Nottingham Evening Post. Readers of David Peace's novel The Damned Utd , set in 1974, will be familiar with Clough's boozy, brilliant, bombastic world. Hamilton's reality is just as entertaining.' Pete May, Independent ' Provided You Don't Kiss Me is a case of great title, great book.' Sunday Express 'Exhibiting a refreshing turn of phrase, Hamilton explains why the mercurial Clough would not survive in today's game.' Arena 'This gem of a book successfully casts fresh light on numerous facets of Clough's complex personality and managerial style. A brilliantly insightful, superbly crafted book and essential reading for anyone who wonders what made the great Brian Clough tick.' Jon Spurling, FourFourTwo***** 'Best Book' 'The best sports book you'll read all year!Duncan Hamilton's biography is that rare thing -- a work of sporting non-fiction that has genuine literary resonance!I recommend you buy a copy.' Independent Magazine 'This memoir superbly captures the force of Clough's defiance and the weakness that made him, ultimately, a tragic figure.' FT Hamilton has unusual gifts of empathy, and he brings us the real, visceral Clough, a driven and driving man.' The Times 'He deftly recalls the beautiful game! a tender depiction of Clough.' The Independent 'A Refreshing biography!a book that celebrates the north.' The Guardian 'An intensely personal memoir!fascinating.' Scotland on Sunday 'Hamilton's willingness to reveal Clough's lust for money and the drinking problems, but also to revel in his naked talent and genius, make this a supreme biography.' Herald 'Compelling anecdotal detail. This is an intimate portrait of the man in full rather than the bombastic media image Clough helped so much to create.' Alan Chadwick, Metro 'This is a strikingly intimate portrait!read this book, for we will never know genius like this again.' Irish Examiner 'The story in between -- the memoirs of nearly two decades serving as Clough's mouthpiece in the Nottingham Evening Post -- blows away anything The Damned Utd came up with. I wouldn't say that this was the best book about Brian Clough ever written -- but for now it's in the top one.' Al Needham, 'When Saturday Comes' 'The local footballer is in a unique position. He is part of the club's fabric: friend, agony aunt and punch bag for players and manager alike. But when he went to Nottingham Forest, Hamilton was gifted with a tale with resonance well beyond the provincial. Clough was a huge figure, his face and mannerisms known outside the confines of football. On virtually every page of this book is evidence of an unsurpassed talent for motivation.' Daily Telegraph 'An affectionate and funny portrait of this often eccentric football legend.' Big Issue 'A vivid, often painful memoir of Brian Clough's triumphs and subsequent decline into the dark pit of alcoholism. By September 2004, Duncan Hamilton was deputy editor of the Yorkshire Post. A decade earlier, he had decided to give up writing about football. Or even watching it. He was sick of the game. Now he learned of Brian Clough's death. A million images came swimming back. Eventually, he cried. And then, thank goodness, he wrote this book.' Derby Evening Telegraph 'His account of those extraordinary days adds to the mountain of anecdotes surrounding his subject.' Sunday Times 'Anyone who remembers Clough should read this book, and one can only hope the younger generation of fans will seek out the tale of one of the true characters of the game that existed before Sky TV. While accepting the enigma of Clough will endure, Hamilton has probably come closer than anyone ever will to distilling a remarkable football coach and unforgettable man.' Sean O'Connor