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  • King loads his characters up with enough interior life, but it's the raw energy of their interactions - the beano to Blackpool, the punch-ups, the casual fucks, the family skeletons and the unburied fantasies - that make this excellent book run

    Steve Grant, Time Out
  • Sexy, dirty, violent, sad, funny: in fact it has just about everything you could want from a book on contemporary working-class life in London

    Stephen Chamberlain, Big Issue
  • An odyssey into southern English blue-collar manners as King deconstructs the stereotype of Essex Man and his outer London contemporaries and finds rather more complex attitudes towards gender and class than the tabloid image suggests

    Teddy Jamieson, The List
  • The realism and political edge echoes Alan Bleasdale's Boys from the Blackstuff

    John Williams, GQ

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