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Horse's Arse [Paperback]

Charlie Owen
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12 July 2007
It is the Seventies and Horse's Arse is the affectionate name for Handstead New Town, a North Manchester overspill and an unholy dump. The police use it as a penal posting - all the bad egg coppers end up there. Worst amongst the residents of Handstead are the Park Royal Mafia, a gang of violent thugs who terrorise their neighbourhood. They and the officers doomed to serve at Handstead wrestle constantly for dominance. This is the story of some of those police officers - the Grim Brothers, Psycho, Pizza, Piggy Malone and others, a group of hooligans in uniform and their journey through excess, despair and finally some form of salvation...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (12 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755336844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755336845
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Charlie Owen is a talent. This is the first book since Layer Cake to have an authentic voice that humorously exposes the dark and eccentric world of English street crime' (Guy Ritchie)

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

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The first novel in an explosive, violent, often hilarious series. Life on Mars meets The Sweeney in this riotous novel about policing in the Seventies, by a former policeman

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses Arse - The funniest book I've ever read. 5 April 2007
Charlie Owen has captured exactly, the slightly dark, often cynical humour that exists or at least did exist in the Police Service. This book is both hysterically funny and yet deeply moving in almost equal measure. Whilst it is set in Manchester, it could I suspect, be set in almost any urban overflow in Britain and manages to cause the reader to empathise with every character, even the baddies. I love it, and hope that he follows it up with another one very soon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly original 18 Feb 2007
I am not what you would describe as an avid reader. However, I have read this book numerous times, and laughed out loud each and every time.

Written almost entirely from a male perspective, ( I am female ) this book is gritty yet hilarious, with the language to match. The author somehow manages to describe and relate characters and the story as it unfolds, as if he were talking into your ear. The animated descriptions that instantly come to life in your head as the scenes unfold, place the reader back in the 70's with the unruly mob of police officers constantly battling for one-up manship with the local criminals. A gift of a book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars YOU HAD TO BE THERE 23 April 2006
Excellent book covering the events of the seventies ,at a local nick (still here )would make an excellent film .

Well worth a read Owen was allways a total nutter you just have to read it if you work or have worked at Hatfield or policed in the late seventies in the uk

Just could not put it down ,well written and very funny these type of things didnt go on for real did they ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars It WAS like this wasn't it? 21 Aug 2006
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What a terrific read! Although I didn't serve at Hatfield during the late seventies (apart from flying visits as a member of the Patrol Group)I know HA well enough to commend Charlie for painting the picture as it really was. This is an excellent book with believable characters(probably because they really existed!)and a wonderful story line.Buy this book you will not be disappointed. I can't wait for the sequel. Get writing Charlie!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hatfield writ large 2 Mar 2006
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Thinly disguised, this book is about Hatfield policing at its rawest. A Splendid read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses Arse ~ Charlie Owen 2 Feb 2006
As a serving Police Inspector I'm quite sure the author, Charlie Owen, will have done more than his fair share of writing in his time, but I'll guarantee none of it will have been quite as hilarious, tear jerking and original as the content of this book.
As an ex Police Officer myself, it brought lots of memories flooding back. His description of the love hate relationships not only between Police and criminal, but between uniform and CID officers is spot on and I would thoroughly recommend it to anybody with a sense of humour and a heart.
Can't wait for his second book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God bless Hilary Grub 9 July 2006
Excellent read which for me is far more biting than those of the Tom Sharpe series. I guffawed aloud while reading it on the beach but what the hell- for me the story line seems very sustainable and I would imagine it will become as long lasting as Ben Eltons 'Thin Blue Line'. The character Psycho has a love-hate relationship with the female Inspector Hilary Grub and the ex-probationer on the group pulls everyone out of the kak at the last moment. I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life on Mars !!! 30 Jan 2006
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One of the funniest books I have read in a long time. Each charater is given to you in enough detail for you to follow through the story, wanting to find out what happens next. The comings and goings of officers from the Police station Horse Arse will make you wish you were also a copper from the seventies. Worth every penny!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by Jason reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Really funny... Wish it was still like that, interviewing would be interesting. A defo must read can't wait to read others.
Published 28 days ago by tomo
5.0 out of 5 stars witty and gritty in equal measure
Witty and gritty portrayal of policing in a Northern town in the 70s
Published 1 month ago by Mike Y
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Very funny
Published 1 month ago by E W.
5.0 out of 5 stars So realistic I wonder if I worked with the author in the 1970s
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 1 month ago by jtrackpaul
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
For immature boys who like violent coppers in a small uk town
Published 2 months ago by neighbour
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye wateringly funny/sad
Desperately sad with excruciatingly funny moments. cringe worthy eye squeezing causing whistling intakes of air. A true reflection of 70`s policing.
Published 2 months ago by Gordon D'ante
4.0 out of 5 stars Horse's Arse
A good funny read of policing in the 1970's with larger than life characters that will have you laughing out loud
Published 2 months ago by david lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Was it really like this?
A good story, and the author does acknowledge it as a work of fiction. Somebody else likened it to parts of the Met but I can see parallels with Tom Sharpe's Piemburg in there. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Dew
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for everyone.
Absolutely brilliant, a must for anyone. You will cry and laugh, mostly cry through laughing. Buy it now, you will not regret it.
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Sherriff
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