A specially jacketed limited edition of Richard Purden’s acclaimed sequel to the bestselling We Are Celtic Supporters, first published in hardback only as Faithful Through and Through, featuring an exclusive reproduction of Peter Howson’s powerful portrait of Brother Walfrid.
Celtic: Keeping the Faith is fully revised and updated. Purden takes a fresh look at Celtic’s relationship with individuals and institutions who have had made a unifying and cohesive impact on the club, its support and the team.
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.
Praise for Celtic: Keeping the Faith
‘Purden’s insightful study of the wider culture of the Glasgow club is a worthwhile read for any follower of the British game.’ [****] Four Four Two
‘A vivid and innovative look at Celtic and the culture of the club. Fresh, informative and entertaining.’ Hugh Macdonald, Herald
‘Being a Celtic fan is all about identity. Therefore, you’ll easily identify yourself throughout these pages. It’s a book you’ll find very difficult to put down. A riveting read all round.’ Alternative View
‘The author is very good with his pen and the style is never dry and is enjoyable to read.’ Celtic Wiki
‘The good Marist brother would be proud to read… it affirms that Celtic are certainly the inclusive club that he had hoped for in 1888 and we are privileged to have a diverse fan base which is so rich in personality.This is a book written about the fans by a fan and it is highly recommended.’ Celtic Underground
‘This is an excellent read and one to be recommended for the Christmas stocking.’ Not the View
Praise for 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.’ Edinburgh Evening News
‘The book of the year… The book, like Celtic, is more than football.’ Catholic Times
‘There is no excuse if you haven’t read this book.’ 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.’ Leith FM
‘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
‘An excellent book which is part social history and part contemporary snapshot of the diverse nature of the Celtic support’ Not The View
‘The Celtic soul is all about the support & you’ll feel & touch it here!’ Matt McGlone, Editor of the Alternative View and author of Emotionally Celtic
‘The broad range of characters makes this book a success.’ Scotsman pick best sports books of 2015
‘A fresh look at individuals and institutions that made an impact on the club, team and supporters.’ Scots Magazine