See D. Sampson, Brian Moore: The Chameleon Novelist (1998); studies by H. Dahlie (1969, 1981), J. Flood (1974), K. McSweeney (1983), J. O'Donoghue (1990), and R. J. Sullivan (1996).
(born Aug. 25, 1921, Belfast, N.Ire.—died Jan. 10, 1999, Malibu, Calif., U.S.) Irish-born Canadian novelist. Moore immigrated to Canada in 1948 and was a writer for the Montreal Gazette from 1952. He is best known for his first novel, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1955; film, 1987), about an aging spinster whose pretensions to gentility are gradually dissolved in alcoholism. His later novels include The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1960), The Emperor of Ice Cream (1965), The Doctor's Wife (1976), and The Magician's Wife (1998). His novels were very different from each other in voice, setting, and incident but alike in their lucid, elegant, and vivid prose.
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It began life in 1988, and remarkably for a fanzine, which tend to have short publishing histories, ran for 18 years, with the final issue being published in April 2006. Stephen Foster ranked it top amongst football fanzines in his 2006 book The Book Of Lists Football. In the mid 1990s the fanzine began to insert celebrity pictures sent in by readers in order to break up the text. Images of Rolf Harris and Clare Grogan recurred the most.
Some fans believed the "BMH" could generally be relied upon to take the most pessimistic and cynical view possible, although this became increasingly difficult during the early years of the tenure of Paul Scally as chairman, as the club recovered from receivership and near losing of its League place to ascend to previously undreamed of heights: by season 2005-06, after relegation and financial difficulties in the club, the chairman has ceased to be considered beyond criticism.
The fanzine gained a reputation as one "one of the best and most popular fanzines ever made" , with the name attracting comment for its quirky nature.
It took its title from a line in the Half Man Half Biscuit song Dickie Davies Eyes. The late Brian Moore was formerly a director of the club, and in the absence of any other notable supporters it was decided to honour him in the title.
The fanzine has been relaunched online, where the traditional irreverent match reports and editorial continue on their new Brian Moore's Head blog.