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Head Boy (Lanarkshire Strays) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Wilson , Stephanie Dagg
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Description

A twisted novella from the author of The Lanarkshire Strays series.



It's not easy being Head Boy.

Follow Davie Diller for seven days as he navigates his way through his turbulent life. A scheming bastard in and out of school, Diller screws, drinks, snorts, cons and kills his way through the Lanarkshire underworld and attempts to survive the attention of his local drug-lord, Hondo, who's less than impressed by Diller's growing debt and status; He's also having a busy week at school.

A brutal and wickedly funny novella inspired by The Prodigy's 'Smack my Bitch Up’ music video and by John Niven's 'Kill your Friends'.

The Lanarkshire Strays Series connects characters and stories from Lanarkshire. All books are standalone stories.

Praise for Head Boy:

"His Diller creation is in equal measures compulsive and repulsive." - Ryan Bracha, author of Tomorrow's Chip Paper and Paul Carter is a Dead Man.

“The main character pulls off the ultimate deception that even the most observant reader does not fully comprehend until the very end.” – Craig Furchtenicht, author of Dimestore Bandits.

"The language is strong and the violence is sickening yet it all blends together to be yet another triumph from the author who is maturing with every book. Simply stunning!" - Colette Brown, author of Maybe The Universe Just Isn't That Into You!

What the Readers say:

"Very different from the previous Mark Wilson books. Gruesome and gripping story, but still has that trademark underlying Lanarkshire humour - couldn't put it down. A fantastic read."

"Davie Diller is an emotionally inept young man and a scary bastard. I think I quite fancy him! I was particularly pleased to see PTSD feature in the novel and be handled in a respectful and realistic manner."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paddy's Daddy Publishing; 1 edition (5 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DGDE81A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Mark Wilson is married father of two, born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire and currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, their son, Patrick and baby daughter, Cara.

Mark left Bellshill Academy in 1991, qualification-free. And worked his way through a huge number of jobs including, window-cleaner, delivery driver, Levi's salesman, microbiologist and cinema usher.
Mark returned to full time education nine years later, earning his Highers and a degree in micro-biology before entering teaching.

Mark currently teaches Biology in a Fife secondary school and is founder of Paddy's Daddy Publishing, a company he set up to assist Scottish authors. He writes in his spare time, in lieu of sleep.

As well as the his autobiography, Paddy's Daddy, Mark is the author of four fiction novels. Bobby's Boy, Head Boy, the bestselling Naebody's Hero and dEaDINBURGH. His novels have been well received and feature Scottish characters. Mark has several other books in progress. Somebody's Hero (sequel to Naebody's Hero), Prophets (an irreverent look at the return of Moses and Jesus), ML4 (a YA time-travel novel), a follow-up to dEaDINBURGH and the thriller, The Man Who Sold His Son.

Mark is also co-founder of Paddy's Daddy Publishing
You can visit Mark at markwilsonbooks.com or facebook.com/markwilsonbooks
You can also connect with Mark on twitter: @markwilsonbooks

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino visits Bellshill 9 July 2014
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Brilliant. Great read. Moreishly violent, or is it violently moreish ?
The undercurrent of naked deceit fair helps it belt along too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is my kind of novel 11 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Head Boy had all of the key elements in place to make the perfect book for my reading tastes. Davie Diller, the dynamic anti-hero pulled my by the short hairs into a world of unsavory characters and dark situations. The main character pulls off the ultimate deception that even the most observant reader does not fully comprehend until the very end. I applaud Mark Wilson for his refusal to pull any punches and the courage tell the story in a way that a weaker-willed author probably would not have dared. From the violence that begets even more violence to the main characters own self-awareness of his deeply sociopathic tendencies, Head Boy made for one hell of a ride.
My only gripe is that Mr. Wilson owes me a few hours of lost sleep due to the fact that I could not put this book down at night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Head Boy 23 Feb 2014
By Chris
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I really enjoyed this story, partly because I live in Bellshill the town where most of the story is set. As an avid book reader it made a pleasant change to know the places and streets mentioned in the book. but even if you are not from Bellshill I am sure you will enjoy this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Aug 2013
By CathyW
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Very different from the previous Mark Wilson books. Gruesome and gripping story, but still has that trademark underlying Lanarkshire humour - couldn't put it down. A fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars intense and creepy 1 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a big fan of Mark Wilson's last two books but was slightly put off by this being in the crime genre which isn't of much interest to me. Yet I am glad I read it even if I feel I must now go take a cleansing bath! The main character is creepy in the extreme and, in the Glaswegian vernacular, gave me the 'heebbie geebies'. You can't help but be repulsed by him and his mindset but he is certainly compulsive.
The story is intense, set over 5 days, like a countdown to armageddon but set in Bellshill.It has a twist in the tale that will leave you open mouthed and rereading a bit like rewatching The Sixth Sense to see why you hadn't figured out the twist. (actaully I figured that one out by 2o minutes in..so HeadBoy defeated my 'twist radar').
a great compulsive read with characters who are well rounded and some who are archetypally familiar ( I need to change my circle of friends!).The language is strong and the violence is sickening yet it all blends together to be yet another triumph from the author who is maturing with every book.
simply stunning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 10 July 2014
By kitkat
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Really enjoyed this book. Definite page turner. Paced well and the characters are intriguing and held my attention to the end. Good story line with the twists and turns keeping you guessing. Really good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suz 1 July 2013
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I am a huge fan of Mark Wilsons books and was eager to get stuck into this one. I certainly wasn't disappointed by this new piece of work, however I have to say I did find it slightly graphic in some places. Having said that it is totally warranted and justified, even needed for the story to come alive and be realistic. The story is brilliantly written and gripping from the start, the action, drama and sense of unknown is evident on every page. Every word is believable and will have you questioning most people you know. Fantastic book and one i am very grateful to have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good. 29 Jun 2013
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Mr Wilson does it again,a short,sharp,gory blood spattered jolt to the system,with the now obligatory twist!
I have a very short list of authors whose work i must have on publication,one to be exact (no names),Mr Wilson has now joined that illustrious list.

Patiently waiting ......
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars everything is just too darn convenient
It all seemed a bit trite and cliched and how things conveniently work out for our antihero is just unbelievable. Read more
Published 24 days ago by M. King
3.0 out of 5 stars Not long enough
a good read, but on felt it lacked detail & seemed rushed at the end. Also confused me near the end on the age of characters. But overall a good story.
Published 1 month ago by Pablo
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a must read
A bit clichéd really. Scotland, drugs, nightclubs, bent coppers and dealing. Heard it all before but done much better by others. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pad
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent story
I could not put this book down, from start to finish it kept me on edge......great characters and a brilliant storyline :)
Published 5 months ago by Rosemary Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Coming from Bellshill I found it intriguing ,the school ,teachers and street I knew well.the book is very well written it held my interest from start to Finnish . Read more
Published 5 months ago by mary johnstone
5.0 out of 5 stars I lost three days of my life because of this book...
An thumping good story being told in this book. Took me on a sinister journey around Bellshill and Motherwell to which you knew couldn't end well for someone but who? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the class Mr Wilson!
I read this book in a couple of goes. It is cleverly crafted and benefits from a location that is hardly mainstream and all the better for it. The characters are different too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good story with slight twist
head boy is a good story with an unexpected twist at the end.worth reading if you like reading crime books.
Published 8 months ago by Hazel Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars gruesome and enthral lying
Falling into Davie Dillers life was quite shocking but gripping. I don't usually read this kind of story but had read Naebodys Hero and enjoyed it so decided to give it a go. Read more
Published 9 months ago by ForesightScot
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