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With Love And Squalor [Kindle Edition]

Nigel Bird
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of the critically acclaimed Dirty Old Town (and other stories).

'A rare talent.' - Allan Guthrie

When ‘An Arm And A Leg’ was published by Crimespree Magazine in January 2010, we were to witness Nigel Bird’s debut as a crime-writer. Soon afterwards, the story was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for the Mammoth Best British Crime Stories 8.

Since then, Bird has been the winner of the Watery Grave Invitational competition, won the Things I’d Rather Be Doing fairytale crime competition and been nominated for the Best Story Online in the Spinetingler awards for 2011.

‘With Love And Squalor’ is his 3rd collection of stories. In it, we see the range of his talents, a spread of individual pieces which combine to provide readers with a powerful and emotional experience that they aren’t likely to forget in a hurry.

'An Arm And A Leg' - A man arrives in a small town to set up a take-away food establishment and sparks of a fish and chip war. First published in Crimespree Magazine and subsequently in Mammoth's Best British Crime 8

'Fisher Of Men' - An American graduate goes to Paris to lose her virginity and meets a street artist who is from another place entirely. First published in Voluted Tales.

'A Whole Lotta Rosie' - Rosie shears sheep and arm-wrestles for a living. Now there's a new girl in town seeking to claim Rosie's arm-wrestling titles. First published in Pulp Ink.

'Reaching The Summit' - Someone's after the president's genes. First published in Apollo's Lyre

'No Pain No Gain' - Why there's no point torturing a man with the condition Congenital Pain Insensitivity. First published in Crime Factory Magazine

'Breakfast TV' - A moral tale about the dangers of talk-shows. First published at A Twist Of Noir 2011 and put forward for the Pushcart Prize by Christopher Grant

'Suture' - First aid for beginners. First published at PulpMetal Magazine

'The Blue Danube Waltz' - A dark tale set in around a concentration camp at Christmas

'Stones In My Pockets' first pulished in True Brit Grit

'Super Trooper' - A story about a war veteran struggling to come to terms with life as a civilian.

Praise for Nigel Bird:

‘Nigel Bird is one of our most skilful and insightful short story writers’ Heath Lowrance

‘The real deal.” Les Edgerton

‘Really good.’ Ian Rankin

‘What an excellent storyteller Bird is.’ McDroll

‘I’ve enjoyed Bird’s short fiction for years.’ Thomas Pluck

‘Yeah, Smoke by Nigel Bird, is everything a good story should be.’ Sabrina Ogden

‘Ever since I first read Dirty Old Town by Nigel I have been a fan of his short
stories.’ Darren Sant

‘A definition of noir itself’ Lifelongdagger

‘Complex characters, a well-constructed story and very fine writing.’ Chris Rhatigan

‘Your eyes and your heart are filled with one single shining jewel called, Hope.’ AJ Hayes

‘Exciting up-and-coming talent.’ Maxim Jakubowski

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Minor (19 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006AV1W96
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #352,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

More About the Author

Nigel Bird is the author of several novels, novellas and short story collections, including Southsiders, In Loco Parentis, Smoke, Mr Suit and Dirty Old Town.

His work has appeared in a number of prestigious magazines and collections, including 2 editions of The Best Of British Crime,The Reader, Crimespree and Needle.

He lives on the East Coast of Scotland in Dunbar (Sunny Dunny) with his wife and three children.

As well as writing fiction, he has been a teacher for twenty-five years and has worked in a number of mainstream and special schools.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Collection From Nigel Bird 7 Feb. 2012
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With Love and Squalor is a great introduction to the dark fictional world of Nigel Bird. The author's fiction has featured in such places as The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume 8, A Twist of Noir and Pulp Metal Magazine. This collection features stories from a range of these publications and serves to give the reader a good idea of what he's about. This also includes a sample from Nigel's novella, Smoke. Bird's style is indefinable. He is drawn to the quirk and different aspects of life. He takes a sidelong view at things and then puts pen to paper.

Some tales like Fisher Of Men will leave you with more questions than answers. A Whole Lotta Rosie, I suspect inspired by the AC/DC song, had heart like much of Bird's fiction and a sad almost melancholic edge to it.

No Pain, No Gain took the interesting concept of siblings that can't feel pain and ran with it. Yet again we have the darker aspects but interwoven that sense of emotional depth that makes you care for the characters even in short fiction. This makes for compelling reading. He has that rare talent of great characterisation in a limited word count. This gives his stories more punch and an extra dimension.

If this is this first title of Nigel's that you read I have no doubt that you will explore more of his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just one downside 1 Jun. 2013
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This is an uncompromisingly grim collection of stories about the dark underbelly of relationships in an urban setting. Some readers will be deterred, even upset, by acts of cruelty depicted in these stories but the tales themselves are always something unusual. The author has a gritty, down to earth style and can certainly tell a story.

It's a short collection made even shorter by the fact that only 61% is new material to the book and the rest is stories from other collections and a sample chapter of a longer work. This was the downside for me. If you've never read anything else by an author, `sample' stories could appeal to you but I prefer just to read fresh material. It's a personal thing, this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not really my cup of tea, but ... 10 Feb. 2012
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In a strange sort of way (considering it's not the stuff I usually read) I enjoyed this collection of shorts. I thought they were interesting and well-written. Flashes of dark humour. I have to say I struggled a bit with the first one "An Arm and a Leg". I could actually have done with a bit more exposition - not something I normally complain about! I found it a bit of a struggle to read somehow. Loved the others (considering these are not the sort of thing I normally read!).
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