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The Bank Manager and the Bum by [Sant, Darren]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Near To The Knuckle Publishing; 1 edition (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D6OE8SW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #433,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If it were not for the strong language, I might have thought this book was aimed at the teenage market. It's an easy to read little story, only 85 pages long, and a nice read if you have a couple of hours to spare on a Sunday afternoon. With a mixture of goodies and gangsters, a sick kid, a faithful old dog and a few magical powers, it has all the ingredients for one of the television shows my son watches on CBBC after school. It also has quite a few typing errors!
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Darren Sant is best know for his fantastic and gritty Tales From The Longcroft books. But there was always a big heart inside all that grit and with The Bank Manager & The Bum he has given us a heartwarming slice of hard hitting urban fantasy.Great stuff it is, too. His best yet.
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Darren Sant is best known for his fantastic and gritty Tales From The Longcroft books. But there was always a big heart inside all that grit and with The Bank Manager & The Bum he has given us a heart-warming slice of hard hitting urban fantasy. Great stuff it is, too. His best yet.
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I'm a big fan of Darren Sant and I was excited to see that he finally released a 'longer' piece having read and loved his two short story collections Tales of the Longcroft. Previously I've called Sant a modern day Dickens as he creates characters and gritty environments that are not only brilliantly entertaining but also provide social commentary... If Sant is a modern day Dickens The Bank Manager and the Bum is his A Christmas Carol. It's a story based in reality with a fantasy element to overcome a major conflict in a young families lives.

As always Sant has written characters that the reader instantly falls in love with, any writer that can get a reader instantly warm to a man that is not only a Bank Manager but also called Giles is very skilled! And a brutal first scene involving 'The Bum' and his dog being beaten tugs deep at the heartstrings and despair at what human beings are capable of doing to each other.

When the story gets going and you realise that this isn't going to be what you thought it might, it's a surprise, but a very pleasant one. In The Bank Manager and the Bum Darren Sant has written a fairy tale for adults. It's a story that made me nostalgic for raining Sunday afternoons in front of the TV watching episodes of programmes like Quantum Leap and the X-Files - only the writing is better! I don't want to say too much about the story itself as it will give too much away, I'll just say that it's good vs. evil on a few different levels, it's about selflessness, miracles, survival, and ultimately real life and hope... It's beautiful
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A story which starts by slapping you in the face with the gritty, violent underbelly of a rundown Northern town, and then just as you're getting over the sting, it teases you with a glimpse of something quite unexpected and almost whimsical in the meeting of a battered tramp and his unlikely saviour. Both parties are carrying a secret burden and both are in the unique position of being able to make a difference in each other's lives. And so begins a tale with a supernatural edge in which gangsters, prostitutes and a sick little boy collide in a fast paced roller coaster ride.

I liked this. Kind of X-files meets The Fisher King. Brutality - both in deed and language, believable desperation on all sides, and the quiet honesty of a man at the mercy of a rare gift. I googled some of the unfamiliar (to me) music, that's mentioned throughout the story, and listening to the "sound track" as I read, brought the story to life. I read it in one sitting because once begun, I just had to know how it would resolve.

It left a few questions to ponder on...as any good tale should.
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The title of this caught my eye first, then I tried a sample and then I didn't want to put it down.
This was a nicer story than I expected it to be. It appears as thought it is going to be "gritty", but turned out to be a nice and easy read.
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I really enjoyed this. I was a bit wary once I realised that there was a supernatural element to it as usually I have no interest in stuff like that but Sant tells a fine story and at the end of the day I think thats what we're all looking for when we read a book. The sense of tension created towards the end is gripping to say the least. I really enjoyed the multiple references to music throughout, and, I know this is quite a bizarre thing to say, but I thought the names of the characters were very well chosen. I thought more could have been made of the relationship between Frank and Rosie, and also I thought the author could have got a bit more length out of the story in general, but that's nitpicking. A splendid tale which should be enjoyed by fans of any genre.
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I'm a big fan of Darren Sant and I was excited to see that he finally released a 'longer' piece having read and loved his two short story collections Tales of the Longcroft. Previously I've called Sant a modern day Dickens as he creates characters and gritty environments that are not only brilliantly entertaining but also provide social commentary... If Sant is a modern day Dickens The Bank Manager and the Bum is his A Christmas Carol. It's a story based in reality with a fantasy element to overcome a major conflict in a young families lives.

As always Sant has written characters that the reader instantly falls in love with, any writer that can get a reader instantly warm to a man that is not only a Bank Manager but also called Giles is very skilled! And a brutal first scene involving 'The Bum' and his dog being beaten tugs deep at the heartstrings and despair at what human beings are capable of doing to each other.

When the story gets going and you realise that this isn't going to be what you thought it might, it's a surprise, but a very pleasant one. In The Bank Manager and the Bum Darren Sant has written a fairy tale for adults. It's a story that made me nostalgic for raining Sunday afternoons in front of the TV watching episodes of programmes like Quantum Leap and the X-Files - only the writing is better! I don't want to say too much about the story itself as it will give too much away, I'll just say that it's good vs. evil on a few different levels, it's about selflessness, miracles, survival, and ultimately real life and hope... It's beautiful
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