"A self-made intellectual of a particularly English stripe, Mr Childish has sworn loyalty to populist art at its rawest." (The New York Times
"Britain's greatest cultural asset." (Guardian
"Raw, unmediating, bruisingly shocking." (Daily Telegraph
"Terse, gutsy and powerfully humane." (Time Out
From the Back Cover
Many books have spoken of the human shadow but precious few have the courage to speak straight from its heart. With painful honesty, Billy Childish does just that and, in the process, grows flowers from the dirt. Seething with wonder and disgust, this volcanic novel sheds lights on the 'lie of the family'.
Born into the emerging middle classes of the 1950s, Billy Childish takes us on a nightmarish voyage through a childhood blighted by mental and sexual abuse. Stumbling onward into adolescence he lays bare a young man's desperate attempts to make sense of a world distorted by alcohol, bullies and yes men, This striking first novel, or 'creative confession', is at turns hilarious and harrowing. Laced with lindes of unforgettable peotry it is that rare and wonderful thing - a book which had to be written.