A newcomer has arrived in a small Welsh seaside town - a one-armed Liverpudlian. Seeking to rebuild his life, if not his body, he is attempting to lead a life here unlike any he's lived before: a normal one - shopping, gardening, signing on, visiting friends, all the usual diurnal activities.
Over a hundred miles to the north, however, two men in shellsuits are leaving Liverpool, heading south in a rickety old car. They have been sent by their gang-boss to wreak terrible, violent revenge, but have only a rough idea of their quarry: a one-armed man, maybe living somewhere in west Wales, in a small town by the sea.
He is an epic and, at moments, visionary writer-Griffiths, through this man's gentle but raging voice, gives one of the great depictions of alcoholism
Niall Griffiths is an actual literary star. He writes with vim and sympathy about the things young people do
In the top rank of contemporary British authors...He brings tremendous rhythm and energy to his prose
Stump is the author's gentlest and funniest book by far-He has a prose style as compelling and seductive as any writer in the land
The range of Griffiths's achievement is as exhilarating as the reach of his ambition