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The ASBO Show Paperback – 16 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (16 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852429208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852429201
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,381,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Tony Saint?s previous novels: ?Refusal Shoes comes on like a cross between Airport and League of Gentlemen... Saint writes some very funny dialogue and offers sharp observation? Independent on Sunday ?Part thriller, part expos?, Refusal Shoes is refreshingly politically incorrect and wickedly funny? Observer ?An amusing satirical thriller that provides an eye-popping glimpse behind the immigration desks at Heathrow. It shocks in more ways than one? Sunday Telegraph ?Like the novels of Magnus Mills and the TV work of Ricky Gervais and the League of Gentlemen crew, this is a work in the emerging school of the new absurd... morally accurate, spiritually depressing and vastly readable? Big Issue in the North

About the Author

Tony Saint was born in Northumberland in 1968 and educated at the taxpayer's expense. In 1993 he joined the United Kingdom Immigration Service where he worked for ten years before leaving to write Refusal Shoes (2003), based on his experiences. Tony has written extensively for radio and TV and is currently working on a television film about the early career of Margaret Thatcher. He has also contributed to many of the UK's national newspapers. He is married with two children and lives in South London.

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Format: Paperback
Sorry for quoting Roy Walker there. Not particularly hip n happening but I was struggling to think of my own title...

I absolutely loved Refusal Shoes when that came out and also quite liked Blag. As usual Saint has painted a scarily accurate picture of the staff he is describing and from personal experience I can tell you that unfortunately the setting up of an ASB Unit is exactly how it is depicted here. The first couple of chapters or so are the best by far but the story itself is still captivating after that, just not so funny.

I have only given this book 3 stars because about halfway through the book the storyline just gets a little bit too far-fetched for my liking. Saint is trying to make an important point and that's why he goes off on one but I think that he could have made his point just as easily (and more effectively and humourously) if he'd have kept within the realms of probability...

Might pass this book on to my boss (who is head of an ASB Unit) and see if he thinks Saint's idea is a good one - Who knows? Maybe I wrote it off as improbable a bit too quickly?
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The difference between this and Ballard is that the latter never felt he had to make his books credible - you accepted that the idea of a man trapped on a traffic island, for instance, because you immiediately understood it was a metaphor . Saint's own central metaphor- a viewing gallery in an old tower block where people pay to be entertained by an oblivious underclass - is a good one, but he spends almost half of the book describing the unwieldy, contrived and far-fetched chain of events that enable this unlikely scenario to develop. This insistence on making his book 'realistic' is paradoxically exactly what makes it so unbelievable.
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