A book that is full of plot rather than waffle. It keeps you engaged from the outset and does not let you go. Sometimes shockingly honest in the way it renders the characters and their unrestrained opinions and speech. The cruel and crude banter is all there. Ugly prejudice of all descriptions simmering away. Unreconstructed male workplace relationships that extend into the home via the pub. Everything thought, said and done distorted by the refractive index of beer. Political correctness is absent. The language can be strong but not as strong as you find almost anywhere in real life, particularly building sites.
It's not all grit. A dark, humorous thread pops out now and again. Ultimately, it is uplifting.
Would make a great film. It's almost a script.