Acquired via BookCrossing 29 Dec 2007 – at the Bham meetup

A coming of age novel set in South Birmingham – what’s not to like? Contrary to Matthew’s assertion that I don’t like books about teenage boys (in his favour: Black Swan Green, in mine, the Son Of War trilogy by Bragg), I enjoyed this, even though it was a tad obsessed with, erm, self-love. The comic set-pieces were marvellous and I enjoyed the affectionate yet hilarious portraits of various older Brummies painting their houses with colours suspiciously similar to those of the Corporation, trying to keep themselves one above the neighbours…

Am going to see if Matt would like to read it, then Ali can have it back or it’ll go in one of the OBCZs.