Green Leaves of Nottingham Paperback – 7 Jan 1972
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1970s realist fiction set in Nottingham
Top Customer Reviews
Despite the grimness of the story, of a juvenile delinquents inevitable slide back into crime after a stint in Borstal, McGrath was evidently in love with the urban wiles of nottingham and district areas, furnishing the book with rich descriptions of the locale; however, this may be less appreciated by those unlike I who are not as fortunate to count Nottingham as their home town.
A tautly paced, flawed gem of a novel.
Therein lies the issue of the three stars - this book is not of the same calibre as 'Saturday Night And Sunday Morning'. It was written for a different audience even though there is less than 15 years between them. McGrath tries for the same gritty realism as Sillitoe, but the world had changed too much for such a literary device to be effective and I was left with the impression that this book has ended up as 'pulp' fiction.
Enjoyable but, sadly, disposable.