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Charlie Owen
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28 May 2009

The riotous third novel in Charlie Owen's acclaimed seventies police series.

Summer 1977: It's no holiday in the sun in Handstead New Town, a north Manchester overspill. Known to the local cops as Horse's Arse, it's preparing to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee. But with football violence, rampant police hooliganism and an expanding LSD market there'll be a riot going on...


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755345681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755345687
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After just three books, the policemen in this wonderful series seem like old friends. Raw, crude, ugly and brazenly real . . . shocking and funny, a great read." --"The Guardian"

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'Foul-mouthed, scatological and amusing in equal measure' Guardian


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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner! 12 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback
Having thoroughly enjoyed every page of the first two books I was overjoyed to source an advance copy of the eagerly awaited Bravo Jubilee! Again the unique Charlie Owen gritty storyline kicks in and the first chapter commands your attention from the off punctuated with more original hilarious similes and scenarios.The characters we know whose personalities are embellished to a point when the reader feels they may have actually met them (or some one like them) in their own experiences.There are dark moments which highlight the author's skill to move from feeling slightly disturbed to fit of uncontrollable laughter.If a Britflick film maker made this properly it would blow all that's gone before out of the water!If you're over 18 and have got a sense of humour one cannot fail to enjoy it! Put it on your Christmas list and if you have not read the first two get them as well you wont be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bravo Jubilee 18 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback
I have just finished the book. Like the two books before, this book is brilliantly written. Once you start on page one, you will simply be engrosed in the book. Charlie Owen is a brilliant writer and I hope that he carries on with this superb series of books. The characters are fabulous and certain sections of the book leave you laughing out very loudly. Brilliant and lets hope he continues to write more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Where do you start? Charlie Owen has done it again. All our favourite characters from Horses Arse and Foxtrot Oscar are back and we're learning more about them as they punch, kick, smash and fabricate their way through the scum of the fictional town of Hanstead, Greater Manchester. Forget any other fictional Police story. This is written by a real copper and seems lifted from the experiences from a real Police career. The authenticity is second to none. The humour dark and crude(as it needs to be to do "the job" everyday) and the action, detailed and gritty. If the Police nowadays were allowed to be half as tough as the officers from Hanstead in the 70s, we'd be living in a far nicer country!!!

Can't wait for films!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them coming Charlie! 14 Nov 2009
By John
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books from Charlie Owen, I was not disappointed with this one. Charlie Owen continues to develop the characters introduced in Horses Arse and introduces new stars to the mix.

The book contains some graphic descriptions of violence and references to the sexual peccadilloes of a number of the characters, so don't let the kids get a hold of it!

I won't spoil your reading by going into too much detail, nor will I give you any spoilers. All I'll say is that I've ordered the fourth book in the series already and it hasn't even been printed yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's getting better 21 Mar 2009
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This is the third in Charlie Owen's series of (so far) 3 books relating the tales of a dysfunctional but mythical town north of Manchester and the dysfunctional but mythical policing services that the scrotes who live there deserve and receive.

I read all three one after the other. Now I have finished I really miss them - I felt I was lucky (?) enough to be an observer on a chaotic, hilariously funny, sad, violent world. Good characterisation (don't you just love Psycho??) each one of them believable and very human.

I suppose having been a copper for 32 years (including right through the 70's when these books are set) I can see people with whom I served and situations that crossed my path. But don't for one moment think that you need to have been a copper to appreciate this masterpiece - it is for those of us who have observed life, seen the horrors, laughed at its stupidity, sighed as the ineptness of some minor civil servant, cried at its cruelty.

OK, some story lines may initially seem strong but fizzle out to nothing, some of the themes (coppers scrounging burgers etc.) may be overplayed and some of the language over-used (sometimes 'less is more') but do NOT be put off. You'll scream with laughter (the woman Inspector who faints in her private loo at what she finds down there !!), cry at the sadness (the first few pages of this book are very harrowing), and shake your head at the pathetic ineptitude of some of the people you meet.

A mighty good read. Great fun. I can't wait for number 4.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Jubilee. Charlie Owen 25 April 2009
Format:Paperback
As a retired police officer, who survived 'The Job' during the seventies. I could relate to the situations and story lines of this & other books by the author Charlie Owen. This book is a must for all old time coppers (and the current generation, who can read how it used to be done!) Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 April 2010
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If you've not bought the others make sure you do. You feel like you're there with the characters through the good and the bad. Love the stories - I just wish they'd carry on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious! 17 Jan 2010
By Jools
Format:Paperback
This is certainly no high-brow literature, but for sheer entertainment, utter hilarity and Owen's clear talent for putting a cracking story together, I'll happily give Bravo Jubilee five stars, as this one is the best in the series yet.
All the favourite characters are back, some slightly more deranged than others, but if you've come this far, it feels like a welcome reunion with old friends.

One word of warning though: do NOT read this book in a public space. By the time I reached a particularly unfortunate Leeds hooligan's encounter with Alfie the Crocodile-Jawed Beast, I was snorting and crying with laughter so much that all the other people on the bus were staring at me. Not good.

Do keep writing Charlie, I love your stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by Jason reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
As a serving officer. I can still relate to the characters, the type of which still exist in a much diluted form in today's police. Very very funny book.
Published 25 days ago by christian david gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreak and sheer joy of working for what was once the finest law...
Charlie Owen is the British verson of Joseph Wambaugh. Highlights all aspects of police work from the drama, heartbreak and sheer joy of working for what was once the finest law... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Merewoodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Gripping portrayal of life as a bobby in the 70s. Witty and well informed.
Published 2 months ago by Mike Y
5.0 out of 5 stars Policing as it was...
OK so this is fiction. But, having been a police officer in the 1970s and 1980s, I can identify with the characters and situations related in this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jtrackpaul
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THESE BOOKS THEY ARE AMAZING!!!
These books are so good makes you laugh out loud in parts. Really in depth and gritty a real insight into the good old days of policing! Read more
Published 2 months ago by MALDIVES69
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
under rated author. superb books.
Published 2 months ago by steve kilbride
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
HIGH LARIOUS
Published 2 months ago by m. malik
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent read
Another fun filled read, Owen makes it so easy to know each and every character and with all the right twists and turns to enjoy their journey with them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by keef 1473
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I loved this book! I rated it 5 stars as it was very true to life of policing in the seventies and it made me laugh out loud. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janet
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