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Ten Storey Love Song

Ten Storey Love Song [Kindle Edition]

Richard Milward
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"Milward has that rare gift of being able to capture and distil an entire generation in a single, simple sentence. Brilliant. Very very funny and utterly original." -- Helen Walsh, author of Once Upon a Time in England


"Milward has that rare gift of being able to capture and distil an entire generation in a single, simple sentence. Brilliant. Very very funny and utterly original." -- Helen Walsh, author of Once Upon a Time in England

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061834483
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction (24 Dec 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 1 April 2011
By Pete
I seriously love this novel! I can't recall the last time I was so touched, laughed so hard and just completely entertained in every way. I'm reading it for the third time, now, andI'm starting to feel I know these characters as well as my real life friends. Just a perfect experience and I cannot rate it highly enough. The moment it arrives on Kindle I'm downloading that too. Just do it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing find 24 Feb 2011
I'll admit that when I purchased this book I was completely ignorant of Richard Milward's work, and that I only picked up the title on a whim because I'd forgotten to bring a book to read on a long train journey and this looked to be the most interesting title in the station's branch of WH-Smiths... Never before have I been so glad to be forgetful!

Ten Storey Love Song now ranks as my #1 book of all time, bar none. Written in a very Kerouac fashion (no chapters or paragraphs, just one continuous block of prose)and with a style that reminds me of Hunter S Thompson at his finest. Indeed, I like to think of this book as 'Fear & Loathing in Las 'Boro'.

Poetic, beautiful and somehow making the drudgery of an impoverished life in a Middlesbrough tower block seem romantic, you can't help but fall in love with this book.

Milward's 'Apples' has been heaped with critical praise, went on to become a stage production and is tipped be adapted for TV. But to my mind TSL surpasses his debut by a long way.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A peach of a book 12 Feb 2009
Second novel syndrome.

Not as bad as second album syndrome - you can avoid reading a book but music floods in from everywhere innit - but if your first book was rated by everyone from Irvine Welsh to Lauren Laverne and you were touted as the voice of a generation, you could be forgiven for experiencing performance anxiety.

I often judge books by their artwork (shouldn't everyone?) and this one has an ace cover, which matches the story inside. Just one paragraph, which swirls along in a dreamy stream of conciousness; a daring technique which could easily confuse in the wrong hands.

Set in a Middlesbrough Tower block, which is as much a character as the dealers, doleys, drunks, druggy artists who live in it, TSLS is rich in detail which often rings true - the impotence of middle aged men; the boredom of working in a shop; the stupidity and excitement and come downs that are part of that taking a trip; - without being a laborious list of description that lesser writers seem to think = profundity.

A few things jar - the twee naming of inaminate objects (Mr condom - ick); some of the sex scenes - Milward seems to revel in writing horifically detailed sex scenes, containing goo and grime that are b movie horror - but are easy to overlook as the characters are so vivid, banal and flawed that it's impossible not to fall in love with them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book and service. 26 Jan 2014
By cal
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Item was as described looked as good as new. Bought it as a present for my sister who had read books from this author before and she loved this one also. I ordered after Christmas so the item was not dispatched as quick as mentioned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars could not put it down 28 Nov 2013
By jeaniej
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Had me howling n then anxious, im from middlesbrough where this story is set, i could actually visualise exactly which block so it was extra superb for me. The best author ive came across in a long long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great fast read 6 Nov 2013
By Conicer
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The way Richard Milward describes situations and feelings is extraordinary. The way the story/book is set out makes it a really fast can't stop reading as you go effortlessly from one character to another, one situation to another. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and interesting read 13 May 2013
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Although this isn't the sort of book I'm normally drawn towards (usually things like LOTR or GoT) I had it recommended by a friend and I'm glad I purchased it. A bit of a crazy book at times but I found the characters to be well presented and believable and many of the topics are worth consideration as it brings up things that happen to us in everyday life regardless of what lifestyle we might choose such as depression, loneliness, divorce, friendship etc...

Definitely worth a read :)
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What's the longest paragraph you've ever read? This is mine. But More on that later.

Ten Storey Love Song follows several lives in a block of flats on a Middlesborough council estate, principally that of Bobby the Artist. Bobby is an insomniac junkie who exists on a diet of pills on toast and acid on crackers so he can paint better. His girlfriend Georgie likes to lounge around the house in fancy dress. She's neglected and bored, working on the pick'n'mix counter at the local BHS, and is slowly but surely gaining weight. Upstairs the couple's friends Ellen and Johnny are equally messed up. Out on the street Johnny is a violent thief who wants to clean up his act, at home he is jealous and useless. Spurned by Johnny's obsession with hardcore pornography, and his naïve belief that this is how women like it, unsatisfied Ellen seeks pleasure from other men. Elsewhere in the block, Alan Blunt the truck driver drinks beer, embarks on racist rants and spends a little too much time stood outside the local primary school gazing longingly at a small girl.

Bobby's art is "discovered" by a London-based critic and he heads south on a National Express coach. Terrified at first, he is soon throwing cocaine fuelled parties and lapping up his new found notoriety. When back at home with a wad of cash in his pocket, he finds himself popular with the neighbors whilst all of a sudden heading off down a path that those around him may not like.

Wrapped up in Bobby and Georgie's lives are the various tribulations of those around them, concentrating heavily on the doomed-to-fail relationship of Ellen and Johnny and the aforementioned Alan Blunt. In all honesty, I found the character arcs quite dull and the central plot lacking. That is a shame.
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