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Bad Attitudes [Hardcover]

Agnes Owens
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7 July 2003
Bad Attitudes is a wickedly dark tale of Scottish council-housing and murder. This first of two novellas also boasts a missing person, a lethally nosy neighbour, an extra-marital affair, a rumoured fortune in a condemned council terrace, a lusty councillor and a new housing law for tinkers. Who but Agnes Owens could concoct such a delicious brew of dour hilarity and then follow it with an unforgettable party? '"I think a birthday party would be just the thing to cheer us up,'" screeches Jen's visiting Aunt Belle in the second novella, Jen's Party. The soon-to-be fifteen-year-old almost immediately regrets agreeing to this plan as her somewhat louche, possibly crazy, relentlessly bouncy and optimistic aunt revs into party mode, assuring her drab sister Maude, Jen's mother, that she'll take care of everything, which seems to involve flirting with the town's entire male population. Agnes Owens is a one-off. With a perfectly tuned ear for the droll and the deadly, she can spin a tale of domestic mayhem that is at once disarmingly tense and movingly human.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st edition (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747565910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747565918
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,873,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘reminiscent of Muriel Spark and Shena Mackay -- The Sunday Herald, 6th July 2003

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For fans of James Kelman and Alasdair Gray --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars something close to nihilism 5 May 2004
A tremendous book with two great stories. Bad attitudes is the first of the two and is written in a honed prose style. The characters are wonderfully realised and the story itself has a gut wrenching sense of people losing out in life. Likewise with Jen's party, grim but engaging and blackly funny. Read them!
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