Born in the slums of Notting Hill, Bird experienced all the grimmest experiences life had to offer for someone from his background: petty crime, life on the road and, of course, homelessness. His launching of The Big Issue was the act that transformed his life, but it is the earlier portions of this book which inevitably grip the most inexorably. Bird is particularly good on the blighted lives he encounters while struggling to survive. As with Orwell and Algren, literature and the arts offer the author an escape from the exigencies of his pitiless life: his discovery of Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence led him to realise that life offered more possibilities than violence and crime, and his transformation is genuinely inspirational.
The book is written in terse, unpolished prose, and is all the better for that. This is essential reading for anyone concerned with Britain's underclass or, for that matter, anyone interested in how an impossible venture was brought to triumphant success. --Barry Forshaw
Some Luck provides a marvellous documentary of a vanished London and life in the underbelly -- The Spectator, November 2, 2002