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The Tally [Kindle Edition]

E.G. Wolverson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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A DARK TALE OF DANGER AND DIESEL FOR THE STUDENT LOAN GENERATION...

Welcome to the Student Bubble.

Welcome to a world where the DJs play the same songs in the same order every single night, and the one (and only) hit wonder reigns supreme. Welcome to a world of crude cartoon and misplaced melodrama; a world free of all but the most trifling of consequences, where exaggerated sensitivity is rife and a semester’s success or suicide hangs on the whim of a woman.

Young Tommo wiles away his evenings in a purple drunken stupor, lost to the tender mercies of what he desperately wishes was a hopeless love affair, but in reality isn’t even that. Gristle, meanwhile, is enraged when his weak-bladdered housemate Spadge moves out, only to be replaced by a neurotic freak named Jamal, who dares not only to bring books into his house, but to read them too.

And for poor Will, matters are even worse. Women are staying in of a night! How’s he supposed to rack up his ‘tally’ of conquests if women daren’t leave their digs? They’re all terrified that they’ll be the next to fall prey to the invisible menace that has started stealing students away from the streets of Hull. Will has nothing to fear though – after all, he has his recently arrived destitute father to watch his back. And the fearsome Gristle. And the zealously neurotic Jamal. And the dangerously depressed Tom…

The Student Bubble is about to burst, and when it does, the degenerate residents of 146 Worthington Street will find themselves drowning in a reality that they’re not equipped to comprehend, let alone survive in.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 945 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Edible Digital; 2nd edition (9 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065IQN3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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E.G. Wolverson is an independent author, casual critic and part-time lawyer. His first novel, THE TALLY, briefly became a cult hit amongst British diesel-downing students, while his children's e-book, SUPERSIZE vs SUPERSKINNY SANTA, didn't.

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another one for the Tally 12 Jan 2012
By Jaymz
Format:Kindle Edition
The Tally is a true to life portrayal of student life meets murder mystery, and unlike anything I have read before. The novel is at times puerile, but as already said, it is only trying to be an accurate depiction of student life, and the thought processes of the average male student, something the novel nails brilliantly. The Tally is on occasion laugh out loud funny, but with frequent asides of philosophical inquiry to add depth. The book, like the characters it portrays, has a superficially crude exterior but will regularly have you drawing parallels with your own experiences and forces you to ask the same questions of yourself as of the central characters.

With the polish that should come with experience I'm sure future works by Wolverson will be worth looking out for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable and surreal, great read! 23 Jan 2012
By Spiros
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this, it is fast paced, written in a way that reflects the emotional and mental fragility of the characters and handles local dialects really well to create really funny moments throughout the book. The storyline itself is very dark, but the real to life characters mean that you can enjoy the comedy while reading their decent into their own personal hell.

The characters in this book are ones that most people who have gone to uni can relate to. I think everyone has either had housemates, friends, or friends of friends who are just like some of the characters in the story. The writing style is very honest but is also very surreal, and often creates a stream of consciousness that brings you very close to a character and gives them depth and vulnerability, pulling you into the novel and the lives of the students. It is very enjoyable to read, conveying the random nature of uni life through the style of prose and down to earth realities like accidental drug taking, taxi fare dodging and housemates that wind you up but you grow to love them anyway.
A lot of men will be able to relate to the main characters; always thinking about girls, in competition with each other, all about the numbers but ultimately falling hopelessly in love with the wrong girls hwo were just supposed to be a another notch on the bedpost.

You also feel that the author has gone on a journey in writing this book, maybe exorcising some demons or reliving his student days, but either way you feel very much like he is a part of the book, especially towards the end. it is a very brave book with a very unconventional, enjoyable writing style, and for that reason alone (aside from the great dialects, emotional rollercoaster type characters and comedy moments) I'd highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark ride 9 Mar 2012
By Pipsim
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book on a whim as I live near to Hull and have had many a good night out there. The story depicts student life in the city from the perspective of a group of young men thrown together in a student house. Their lives are interspersed with sex and drugs (I have obviously been going to the wrong pubs!) with the ominous backdrop of a serial killer targeting female students.

I would highly recommend this book as a tale of friendship and the dark underbelly of student life. The main characters are vividly realised and the plot keeps you guessing throughout. Also it is always good to see the Kindle supporting up and coming authors and I will be looking out for E.G. Wolverson's future work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 16 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Some books capture something absolutely perfectly. That's what the Tally did for me with my Uni life. When I think about Uni I think about messy nights out, downing races with everybody spewing up and falling out, and the lads all sat round PC's all day every day playing daft games and comparing notes about girls. The Tally has all that. The "murder" plot is a bit fanciful, but because the Uni world and its (literally!!!) mad characters is so convincing the author eventually gets you buying into it. A promising first novel and very evocative read - recommended to any former students feeling nostalgic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut! 4 Mar 2012
By KezzaD
Format:Kindle Edition
Incredibly dark, yet laugh out loud humour, with extremely well-crafted characters. Having had the pleasure of living in Hull, the local dialect which permeates the dialogue was a particular treat! I would definitely recommend this original read to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Voices, Big Questions 24 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Mad, or just bad? Evil, or pure bonkers? These are a few of the questions that EG Wolverson poses in his debut. We have all got lots of little voices in our heads battling for dominance, every day, even the sanest of us, but are they aspects of us, or could some of them be something else? Something external and evil? When do you stop being you? Or is any gap at all just an illusion (like so many other things...?)

`The Tally' is a gripping, no holds barred peek into a fascinating mixture of twisted psyches which I just could not put down. Please do not be put off by the pint of Snakebite and Black on its cover - this is the most intelligent and provocative book I've read in yonks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and unpredictable "whodunit" novel 22 Jan 2012
By Miss B
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought The Tally on recommendation and have to admit I was initially unsure what to expect. I avoid horror or "whodunit" novels as I find them predictable and tedious. I usually know who the killer is within the first chapter causing the plot to drag.

I started reading The Tally and found that there was more to the plot then I had expected. Whilst I had identified the correct killer within the first few chapters I still found the novel gripping, funny and as one review put it thought provoking. Once I started reading The Tally I was unable to put it down.

Congratulations Wolverson, you managed to write a unique and unpredictable "whodunit" novel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first book
This book was one of the best I've read all year, and whilst I can relate to the characters and found the early chapters pleasantly nostalgic, having been to university myself, I... Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2012 by Jack B
4.0 out of 5 stars Tally Ho!!!
For a firs time author, EG Wolverson has managed to craft a novel that is a gripping read, whilst managing to retain a sense of comedy whilst touching upon subject matter such a... Read more
Published on 22 May 2012 by Daysleeper
5.0 out of 5 stars Tally Ho!
I can see why this book has attracted a lot of comment - it is definitely one of a kind. The dialogue reads like the lyrics to an Arctic Monkeys song while the vile but somehow... Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by JimmyoftheTed
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TALLY
Entertaining combination of student drinking culture, surreal mystery and philosophy. The author moves effortlessly between these three elements to create a great read.
Published on 26 April 2012 by Fat Homer
5.0 out of 5 stars One To Bear In MIND!
I loved this book when I read it ages ago on kindle/ebook and so I treated myself to the hard copy for my shelf when I saw it was out as a book book. Read more
Published on 11 April 2012 by Beautiful Treats
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT for kids
"The Tally" is a bit like a car wreck in that you know you probably should look away, but you just can't. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Raphael Falcidia
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Tale Of Danger And Diesel For The Student Loan Generation
The Tally by E. G. Wolverson is A Dark Tale Of Danger And Diesel For The Student Loan Generation which I highly recommend. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by jonhon
5.0 out of 5 stars The TALLY - A future cult classic?!
The loquaciousness (and pervertedness!) of Russell Brand, the psychology of Bret Easton-Ellis and J. D. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by A Radbourne
5.0 out of 5 stars An out of the ordinary, fast paced, page turner!
Being a Hull University graduate, `The Tally' immediately appealed as an interesting read...and I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Mrs E Da Silva
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting debut
I found the Tally to be a solid first novel and I would recommend it to others. I noticed a few reviewers on here have stated that they haven't come across anything like it before,... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2012 by Leodis
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