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Pushover (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Roger Granelli
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A gritty, uncompromising new story from Welsh crime writer Roger Granelli.

Elkins arrived in Cardiff in 1946, a refugee from the Holocaust. Now an old man, he's weighed down with a survivor's guilt, haunted by his memories.

Kev and Dean are football hooligans, drunk on cheap lager and easy violence. The season is nearly over, and they need a way to fund their summer.

A chance encounter causes these three lives to come crashing together one fateful night.

Roger Granelli is a Welsh writer and musician. His many books include the Mark Richards trilogy (STATUS ZERO, DEAD PRETTY and THE LOST ONES) and have been a Waterstone's Book of the Month, Welsh Books Council 'Best Summer Read' and a top 3 Kindle bestseller. His prize-winning short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. See his website for further details:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short story gem. 27 Sept. 2013
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This is short story writing at its best . The author uses his taut prose to produce a haunting and vivid picture of the dark and threatening worlds his two main characters inhabit. For Elkins it is a world of fears and nightmarish memories of Nazi brutality and a wish to be invisible. For the young thug Kev it is a world where only cold , calculating violence seems to bring a sense of meaning and self worth. As these worlds edge closer together and finally collide the dialogue and description capture the mood brilliantly : the reader can almost feel the thud of a boot hammering into a limp body ,reel backwards from the stench of foul, beery breath and tremble at the anticipation of hurt to be done . Once again, as with all his books, Granelli takes us skilfully into the minds of his main protagonists in a way that is compelling and captivating. Narrative and description work together superbly to provide a story that gives us more than just a good read . A relatively brief piece "Pushover" is another brilliant example from Granelli of how to be insightful, thought provoking and entertaining. If you have yet to sample his work start with this and you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story 1 Oct. 2013
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Elkins was in Auschwitz and Belsen. He is a survivor. A modest flat in Cardiff in 1946 seemed a relatively safe option for an existence that was denied millions. Kev and Dean are thugs that use football to disguise their premeditated violence against anyone. An excuse and revenge for a pitiful life that always ends in bitter confrontation.

Elkins has seen horrors and genocide. Kev hasn't the brains to imagine more than short acts of self-pleasure and status of inflicting injury on others.

An acute and observational short story of the lives from two perspectives; one, Elkins, the wary prey of his past, the other, Kev, the victim of his own hooliganism. A first-rate tale from Roger Granelli.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deeply satisfying 27 Sept. 2013
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Elkins is a Holocaust survivor, an old man with bleak memories, for whom past and present are about to collide in what - for this reader, at least - is a moment of deep satisfaction. Kev is a cruel, mindless street yob on an inevitable short journey that will lead to a small but resonant role in an epic historical drama beyond his comprehension. This is a millennial fable written with an elegant economy of style. A discreet doorway into Granelli country... a destination overlooked for far too long. If you like this, check out his compulsive crime novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary. 15 Aug. 2014
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There is no space in a Kindle Single to develop character, to go into detail about their pasts, to offer twists or turns of plot, and no time to linger in description. All I think the writer can do is to create an image, to alert the reader to something of which he is already aware, in this case football hooliganism and the horrors of Auschwitz. To me, Granelli brings together the mindless kind of violence and the mindful, and demonstrates how close together these are. Multiply the Kevs and Deans, give them a leader and we could witness a Cristallnacht by another name. The author has done this, which makes "Pushover", in the brevity of its form, exemplary.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, with a sting in the tail. 12 Oct. 2013
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An entertaining story accurately chronicling the mindless violence of tribal football hooliganism. Set in the now familiar economically deprived, mean streets of a Welsh mining valley stripped of it pride and well being by the closure of pits years before. The main characters are well developed and disturbingly familiar. Easily identified in most communities. The ending is all the more shocking because it is so easy to imagine making the same disturbing decision. One one level this is a deceptively easy read, on another it speaks of matters that are much more disturbing and so difficult to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking short read! 13 Oct. 2013
By bookfan
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I've read a number of Granelli's novels so was interested in how he would tackle an Amazon Single and he doesn't disappoint. For me Pushover succeeds at all levels. In just 28 pages Granelli is able to pull multiple story strands together in a very rewarding way. Pushover is moving and heartfelt, Granelli seems to move effortlessly from the quiet scenes with Elkins the Holocaust survivor to graphic and realistic depiction of street violence. If you want a short high quality read you won't be disappointed with Pushover. I certainly wasn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great short read. 18 Oct. 2013
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Having read and enjoyed Granelli's Mark Richards trilogy I downloaded his first Amazon Single. Glad I did for Pushover is hugely rewarding. For a short story to be successful in my eyes, it has to immediately involve you in a mood and an atmosphere and Pushover does this in spades. Granelli writes about complex personalities and histories with great dialogue and descriptive prose but masks this in a fast -moving readable narrative that will stay with me for a long time. The end is very moving too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the short stories. Read this one. 4 Aug. 2014
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Like many who write comments on these pages, I've enjoyed reading a wide range of short stories over the years. Why anyone would say Pushover is "pointless" is quite beyond me. It's a beautifully written story that takes you right into the world of people, who would otherwise remain distant and unknown: to this reader anyway. Anyone who loves being taken into another place, which literature can do so powerfully, should read this short story. They won't be disappointed: I guarantee it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you love short stories check this out!
Published 12 months ago by ian
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle but too short
A clever short story that I feel should have been allowed to develop into a longer story.
However i enjoyed it.
Published 20 months ago by Paragon
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Could have been so much more. Not authentic use of language with characters. Disappointing and disjointed - wouldn't recommend even as a short story read
Published 21 months ago by cj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story!
Pushover is a great short story addition to Granelli's novels. I read it and enjoyed it very quickly then read it again as I realised the depth of the story. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lili
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit pointless
I had high hopes of this story but at the end, could not understand the reason for publishing this short story and found it a bit pointless.
Published 22 months ago by Nandita Menon
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a short story
didn't really get the point to be honest - ddn't realise I was buying a short story - started off well and then just stops - you're left feelike a bit like "where's the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by CeeBee999
5.0 out of 5 stars Present meets the past.
Two version of the same story, separated by time. Mistakes made, t never learnt. Short but punchy. Very good read.
Published 22 months ago by DecliningPilot
4.0 out of 5 stars gritty and realistic
Short, sharp and shocking. A story of a survivors story in a foreign country while enduring hardship, racism and violence. Well worth the . Read more
Published 22 months ago by CD
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read
Browsing the Kindle store I was pleased to come across this short tale with a twist. An Old man (Elkins) haunted by his horrific past is subjected to the present day violent... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Christopher M. Thomas
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