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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848766963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848766969
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,639,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Celia Wilson on 18 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
The magic of this book took hold of me in the second half. By then I was riveted to the pages as the story unfolded to the end. Locks Lane and Letcombe Brook will never be the same. This tale was especially memorable for me, woven as it is around familiar parts of Oxfordshire (North Berkshire at the time) and the imagined people who live here.

The penny dropped as I came to appreciate the themes of a lonely struggle for a young boy and young man in comimg to terms with confusing contrasts without a lot of help from the outside; men and women; violence and love; lies and truth; past and "present"; childhood and young adulthood; death and life.

I am a hard nut to crack - I don't usually like thrillers and I very much enjoyed this one. I take my hat off to Gerald Wixey for a huge success in getting his first book written, published and sold. I am looking forward to reading the rest of his trilogy and before then, to reading the first half again. What a treat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Colven on 8 Oct 2011
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Brilliant book, I enjoyed every minute of reading it. The author writes with authenticity and some metaphors and similes that really brought the characters and events into reality. It made me laugh and cry, so much so that I had to stop myself from waking my partner up! A refreshingly different book, one that looks back at a time before facebook and mobile phones, reminding us that life was still interesting, fun, scary and eventful, even when the Internet was a distant dream. This book lets you figure out what is going on without spoon feeding you all of the details and answers all in one! a real page turner and one that I would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Symonds on 24 Mar 2012
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Having been born in the town, I remember all the places (& pubs) in this brilliant book. Its a great read & I've recommented it to all my family & friends. A great first book for a frist time author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Phil on 7 Dec 2011
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Considering this is the authors first book, i think it's a right good read. It rips along at a cracking pace but also takes time to paint a picture of a rural upbringing in the 60's and 70's. Sure you have to get in to it to understand the characters and their relationships but i quickly picked this up after the first couple of chapters. As for switching between years at each chapter, on film it would be called "flashback"!,so would make an excellent screenplay.
Can't wait for the other 2 books in the trilogy...........................................and the film?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Nov 2011
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I bought this book after searching for content for my new Kindle. It's described as a thriller, which I'm not sure I would agree with, but I did love the book!

Like other reviewers have said, it took me a few chapters to get into, but once I did, I was totally hooked. This was mostly down to Stu, the very lovable main character. The story is told from his perspective and jumps between the present day and when he was a boy. By the time I was halfway through, I was so drawn in by the mystery that surrounds his childhood, that I found it very hard to put down.

It's very well written and a great quick read. Stick with it past the first couple of chapters and you won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Fairham on 15 Nov 2011
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I found the read compulsive and the characters intriguing. The plot gained momentum throughout right up to its final conclusion. The whole tone of the book was incredibly atmospheric of its two time zones and the feel of place was fantastic.
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