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Townies, terrorists and one very angry window cleaner,
This review is from: Manchester 6 (Kindle Edition)
Col Bury's Manchester 6, a collection of short stories set around England's second city, gives a Brit grit tinted snapshot of his Manchester, by way of snooker halls and ice-cream vans and an unexpected act of terrorism, handled in a way which should earn him a big thank-you from army recruiters.
Bury's style is relaxed and colloquial and his admiration for writers like Koontz and Herbert is immediately obvious. The really refreshing thing about this collection is the lack of distance between the writer and his characters; they speak with one voice. You get the impression Bury knows how it feels to grow up among the back to backs and corner locals, grafting for not enough money and checking your anger a dozen times a day, so when he shows you a man pushed to an extreme reaction you believe it.
In many ways Manchester 6 reminds me of the Pitman Painters, with Bury presenting an unalloyed working class perspective on a world which feels increasingly distant. It is a surprisingly gentle collection though, despite the subject matter, and it will be interesting to see if Bury moves into darker territory with his next work. I'd like to see it, but does Bury want to go there?