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Luca Veste (Editor) , Paul D. Brazill (Editor)
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29 Sep 2013
"The Brit Grit mob is coming to kick down your door with hobnailed boots. Kitchen-sink noir; petty-thief-louts; lives of quiet desperation; sharp, blood-stained slices of life; booze-sodden brawls from the bottom of the barrel and comedy that's as black as it's bitter-this is Brit Grit!" 45 British writers, 45 short stories. All coming together to produce an anthology, benefiting two charities. . . Children 1st - http://www.children1st.org.uk/ and Francesca Bimpson Foundation - http://www.francescabimpsonfoundation.org An introduction by Maxim Jakubowski Includes stories from. . . Ray Banks, Allan Guthrie, Matt Hilton, Ben Cheetham, Stuart Ayris, Sheila Quigley, Howard Linskey, Charlie Williams, Ian Ayris, Nick Quantrill, Charlie Wade, Allan Griffiths, Adrian Magson,Tony Black, Col Bury, McDroll, Gerard Brennan, and many, many more!

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (29 Sep 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1291576428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1291576429
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,856,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled British Noir 30 May 2013
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I enjoy crime noir and particularly the simplicity of the hardboiled style. Most of these stories tend to be set in America and have a certain style because of it. I was intrigued to find out what a British take on hardboiled would be like. Being edited by Paul D. Brazill the the icing on the cake. I've always enjoyed his stories in various anthologies and so knew that I'd like at least one story in this book.

This book contains forty five short stories. Money from the sale of this book goes to two charities. One that supports children and the other helps the victims of crime. So it costs less than a frothy coffee and some of that money goes to charity. There is a wide range of stories in this book. My personal favourite was by Danny Hogan. It had an unusual view point in that there were no lifetime criminals or council estate hoodies in the story at all. A middle class and middle aged man allows his festering hatred for all that is different to boil over with violent consequences. The scary thing about this story is that it fits in perfectly with the current political climate and the rise of the right. The rest of the stories cover a broad cross-section of the country and the types of people and situations that most people can relate to on some level. There are drugs, prostitution, abuse, crime and another of my favourite stories involved the senseless escalation of violence from a pair of children having a typical spat to their parents trying to kill each other. There really are a lot of different things going on in this book and it is a really interesting insight in to the less pleasant side of British crime. Not everything dodgy in this country happens in small villages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories 27 Oct 2013
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This is a great collection of short stories by variety of authors. I particualy enjoyed Adrian Magson story. It had such a good plot and character that it could, with a lot more detail and background added, have been a full length novel.
I went on to buy one of his novels. Recommend this one if your a short story fan, and want to find some new authors
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slap In The Face 20 Sep 2012
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This anthology of short stories is like a vicious slap across the face when you're cornered in a dead end alley. Various writers take the reader on a dark journey into rain soaked streets where menace and death are lurking around every corner. There's sadness and humour within these stories but very little redemption. I found this a great read in short bursts, returning to it between longer novels so that the stories stayed fresh. To summarise the perfect choice for short sharp shocks but be prepared for some bleak evenings where hope has no harbour. This is a charity compilation so well done to the authors for giving their work to a worthy cause.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty stuff 13 Feb 2013
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Some really good stories in this collection. well worth the low cost. Good British storytelling from some known authors and new talent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Droll 21 May 2014
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20% and I can't take any more. It's just effing, effing and effing throughout. Why are there so few quality authors in the 21st century?
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