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One Day In The Life Of Jason Dean (Best of British)

One Day In The Life Of Jason Dean (Best of British) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Ayris
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JASON DEAN is a hitman with a penchant for fine literature, poetry and classical music. He loves Shostakovich, and adores his little girl, Sophie. And he hates Wagner. Everything he stands for.

Mind you, with three jobs to do for Micky Archer and a heart that is breaking by the minute, Wagner is the least of his problems . . .

The Best of British collection is an ongoing series of novellas set in the grimy underbelly of our fine country that is designed to highlight the writing talent that is out there today. We're proud to add Ian Ayris to our stable and know you're going to love this.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 220 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Byker Books (19 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ian was born in Dagenham, Essex, in August 1969. Having spent most of his childhood more interested in kicking a tennis ball about the school playground with his mates than actually learning anything, he managed to leave the public education system in 1985 with but two O' Levels and a handful of C.S.E.'s.

And a love of writing.

His academic achievements set him up nicely for the succession of low paid jobs he has maintained to this day. These jobs have included a three year stint as a delivery boy for an electrical company, five years putting nuts and bolts in boxes in a door factory, one day in a gin factory, and three months in a record shop. He has spent the last nineteen years, however, working with adults with learning difficulties, and in the meantime, has become a qualified counsellor.

Ian's love of writing resurfaced late in his thirties, in the guise of short stories. He has since had almost forty of these short stories published both in print and online.

In March 2012, Ian's debut novel - ABIDE WITH ME - was released, followed by a short story collection in aid of breast cancer - UNCLE MILDRED AND OTHER STORIES. In November 2012, Byker Books published Ian's debut novella - ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF JASON DEAN.

Ian lives with his wife, Katie, and his three children - Mollie (14), Charlie (10), and Summer (5), in Romford, Essex, and is currently working on his second novel - the sequel to ABIDE WITH ME - called LOOK AWAY.

He is a lifelong Dagenham and Redbridge supporter.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be moved beyond belief. 21 Nov 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book will no doubt lose readers from the start due to its uncompromising use of `bad' language. I hope they will not be deterred from reading what is a very moving story. It sets the scene for a man who is an enforcer, a hit man, for a gang boss. He is tough, not afraid of violence, but almost has a `secret life' in that he is fond of literature and loves Shostakovich. He has a surprisingly cultured outlook for a thug. He is also obsessively concerned with buying his daughter Sophie a birthday present.

This is a moving account of a man on the brink of desperation. If you can take the style of language you will be moved beyond belief by the content. I found it a totally gripping read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars different 11 Mar 2014
By midge
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some quite choice language but this in not out of keeping with the character, unusual slant in a short story, altogether quite enjoyable as I did not want to stop reading until I had finished it
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping, moving & totally memorable 14 Feb 2014
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I'd give this 6* if I could..... or possibly seven...
It's short, ugly and beautifully written, and will stay with me for a very long time....
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4.0 out of 5 stars harsh reality....... 9 Feb 2014
By Wendles
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Gritty and yet full of contrast. Not for the feint-hearted, or easily offended. A story which starts in a dark place and then continues to become even blacker. Taking the reader into a world not everyone would want to go, but for some, they have had no choice. As a reader you will indemnify eventually with the lead character, but only if you have ever been to a similar place. For those who haven't, be grateful and become a wiser individual for having glimpsed the very depths of the abyss without having had to have the full experience.
Well written and hard hitting, just like the character around whom the story is built.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blew Me Away 6 Feb 2014
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This was recommended by my online reading circle, otherwise I would never have heard of it. I am so glad I grabbed the download, as this was a truly great reading experience, much better than anything else I have read this year, in fact. I read and finished this novella in the early hours of this morning, could not stop just blew me away. Such a change to read a book where an authentic voice merges with, I don't know, stream-of-consciousness? It was like stepping into the head of a Mike Leigh character. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but well written and emotive 6 April 2013
By JorjaG
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Loved this book so much that I haven't yet archived it on my Kindle as I want to recommend it to people. I found the lead character cleverly written and interesting. This is a short book which packs a powerful punch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant story 11 Mar 2013
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Jason Dean is going to have his worst day ever. First, he has to collect some debts. Then he has to kill a man.

This is one of the best stories I've ever read. There, I've said it. And I'm not taking it back. I'll explain why...

We wake up very early one morning with Jason, he's in bed with his wife who loathes him but we've no idea why. He tells us he's going to have a very bad day, in fact Jason must have one of the longest faces in literature. He's truly unhappy. Whilst having some food and a coffee in perhaps the worst café in the world Jason reveals he's got to collect some cash for a local hard man, Micky Archer, then kill a guy.

Jason goes to see Micky to find out the names of who has to pay. In an incredible scene, the two hard men argue about Wagner and Shostakovich of all things. It transpires that Jason, despite living on one of the worse estates in the country (which Ayris deftly paints, a perfect backdrop) is extremely well read (although not well schooled which comes over in the narration).

Jason proceeds on his debt appropriation mission with mixed success, including witnessing a suicide. Whilst walking around this hellhole dealing with the locals, the hard man treats us to insights on the classical music he listens to, the books and poetry he's read, and how they make him feel. Like Sylvia Plath and the parallels she draws to Jason's life. It's totally at odds with the person we're reading about, adds real dimension to Jason's character, and throws his surroundings into stark contrast. He doesn't want to be who he is, but Jason feels he has no choice. He doesn't want to murder a man, but he must. Another brilliantly written scene.

Throughout the story, Jason is also thinking about his daughter, Sophie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Ian Ayris 23 Feb 2013
By SallyC
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I came to this book after reading Ian's "Abide with Me". I enjoyed that one a lot, but this even more I think. Its brevity meant I read in one sitting, early one morning when I couldn't sleep. Jason is a fascinating character, and the book touches many emotions. If the language jars a bit, stick with it. It's worth it, I promise. Apart from the richness of the characters, so many book titles, pieces of music, poems etc were mentioned, that I intend to go back before too long and check out all Jason's inspirations.
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