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‘Extraordinary, funny, tender, poetic . . . The story that emerges is Britain’s.’ Times Literary Supplement
With a new introduction by George Shaw
In a forensic dissection of Britain’s souring landscape Gordon Burn tells the tale of Ray Cruddas, a light entertainer effecting a semi-dignified retreat from a fading career, who returns to the unnamed northern town of his youth.
Extraordinary, funny, tender, poetic . . . The story that emerges is Britain’s.
The history he presents, at times wielding Orwellian eloquence, is worth the price of the book itself.
A lavish recreation of the postwar landscapes . . . Written with all the eye-catching detail that gives Burn’s non-fiction its allure.
No other English writer does quite what Burn does, and he does it brilliantly.
Gordon Burn is a poet of the humdrum; ordinary lives achieve a quality of numinousness.
Enthralling . . . His ability to evoke time and place is outstanding . . . so vivid that you can almost smell it.