Philip Quinlan was a promising 15-year-old athlete who packed his bags one Sunday morning in November 1989 to play a game of football. A day later, his mother was told he had a 25% chance to live. Full of hope and humour, rage and rehabilitation, this is an autobiography unlike any other. Co-written with Steve O’Rourke, with a foreword by Paul Howard, And a Bang on the Ear sees Philip painstakingly piece together the events that led up to, and followed, the accidental clash of heads that left him in a coma before waking up to 30 years of pain and paralysis. Phil Quinlan will be in conversation with his old schoolfriend and team mate on the day, Liam Carey.