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    LOVE IT!

    You never know where Phillip [aka Chris Rose] will take you next in this fascinating book. An original voice expressed through the main character, Phillip, takes us through the harrowing, surreal world of a young man on the cusp of adulthood. Poignant, dark and disjointed one minute, hilarious the next, this book is filled with one surprise after another. The best bits play ruthlessly with words, images, places,people and events in the most unexpected ways. The simplest everyday things like eating, riding the bus, and hanging with grandma are reinvented once they've passed through Phillip's mind and are spat upon the page in wonderfully written snippets. At times I feared for Phillip, other times rooted him on in his unabashed deconstruction of taken for granted moments in the mass culture of his day. Not all of those moments are familiar to me, btw, as a non-Brit, so I'm sure there are even more witticisms to be enjoyed by those who grew up in a time and place similar to the one inhabited by Phillip. I hope the lad finds his way in the 1970s-British-world-gone-mad universe the author has dumped him, as Phillip comes of age. I also wish I could categorize this book but that's not easy. Part of me wonders if A Clockwork Orange had been written by Monty Python it might have looked more like this...less ultra-violence and more ultra-absurdity. I don't know. Just read the book. The experience is well-worth it.
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    A poetic, lyrical exploration of growing up.

    This book is a poetic, lyrical exploration of a boy's formative years - ultimately a story that anyone can relate to, it provides enjoyable nostalgia for anyone who actually knows or remembers Northern England and the 1970s, but this is not a requirement if you are going to enjoy what is by turns a funny, warm and touching account of a young man's struggle with family, girls, work and peer-pressure - in short, finding himself and growing up! The writing style is completely original and intelligent, with the author playfully including exerpts from Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, William Blake, John Milton etc. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable read! I'm looking forward to the sequel and would highly recommend this book! Fantastic!

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