The Grass Arena

Some of you may remember my earlier blog,  ‘Saved by the book’ by Erwin James, which focuses on the life of the author John Healy.

Mike Scott, who first found the article in the Guardian, has now tracked down the film on YouTube and says it is well worth watching. The film stars Peter Postlethwaite and is rated 8.6 on IMDB. YouTube shows it in parts which you can track very easily. Enjoy!

‘The Grass Arena is the true story of John Healy. Raised in an ultra religious family, with an abusive father, young Johnny soon learns that he has to learn to defend himself. He takes up boxing, but soon falls victim to alcoholism. His boxing career over, John takes to the Grass Arena (the park) where he lives with other alcoholics.’