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Shorty Loves Wing Wong

Michael Smith

Shorty Loves Wing Wong is an off-the-wall valentines gift from Michael Smith, the ‘Hunter S Thompson of Hartlepool’.

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Returning to the Headland, in the small, coastal town, the narrator of Shorty Loves Wing Wong is struck by the memories that return to him in this strange and remote place on the borders of Geordieland and the coal fields of County Durham. Like the story about the skate with a neck as thick as a tree, ‘at least seventy years old’; or the one about the club singer who once killed a cat, dried it out and put it through a mangle. He remembers the time he saw crocodiles emerging from walls and losing his first love to a smooth-talking older lad who played bass in a band. He remembers riding round on a tricycle with a plastic helmet and sword pretending to be ‘The Roman Greek’; finding 20 Regal King Size on the beach and being ‘fantastically excited at he prospect of the adult thirlls opening out ot me that night.’

Beautifully illustrated throughout by the acclaimed artist, Jim Medway, Shorty Loves Wing Wong is a hymn to adolescent highs and lows by one of the most exceptional young writers in Britain today.


Michael Smith is a writer, film-maker and broadcaster. He is the author of two works of fiction, The Giro Playboy and Shorty Loves Wing Wong, and has written features for the Guardian, the Observer, the Idler and Dazed and Confused, amongst others.He has made a number of short films for BBC 2’s The Culture Show. His short film Lost in…

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