Kiss My ASBO Paperback – 5 May 2016
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"A crackling underclass odyssey through the drug-fugues, psychogeography and morphing language of contemporary exclusion zones, Alistair Fruish's Kiss My ASBO is sink-estate science fiction, a crime yarn out after curfew or the pilot for a situation comedy in Hell, and it speaks with a sharply-observed and entirely modern urban voice. Recommended." Alan Moore - Voice of the Fire, V for Vendetta, Watchmen
About the Author
An acclaimed new novelist, Alistair Fruish has spent many years as a writer/film-maker and prison educator creatively encouraging the socially disadvantaged.
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What was that some pillock said about "some men just want to see the world burn"? Well this book reminded me that I am one of them and some days the world just needs it.
Oh yes, and this book is set in Northampton, England. I grew up in this nowhere town (well, I was born there, I think I may have grown up after I left it) so I was able to walk with the hero through those moribund, godsforsaken streets.
In short, can't recommend it enough!
My reasons for rating this book so highly are both personal and professional.
There are a large proportion of young people that are completely disenfranchised with education, employment or indeed anything from mainstream society.
This book gives those young people with a starting place. It is a wonderful insight into the mind of the disaffected teenager and is must read for PGCE students and teachers.
This book touched me in a similar way that Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time did.
If Mark Haddon provides a valuable insight into the perspective of a socially awkward and Asperger-suffering teenager, Alistair Fruish shows us the world through the mind of what of some may call The Chav; underprivileged, undervalued, mi-educated, misinformed, mismanaged, misunderstood, malnourished and maltreated.
In ten years’ time people with much more insight than me will be critically analysing this book, comparing the characters to various parts of the subconscious. Hopefully GCSE English students will be providing evidence from Kiss My ASBO to answer questions such as Describe How Vic represents the desire for freedom for the youth of 2013?
But for us, this book is a slap in the face to revolutionise the way we educate people in this country.
“Still, there’s no better way to have an excuse to control people, than to encourage them to be misbehaved. Naughty is always what you get when you make a boredom farm and there are plenty of those.”
If you ever just feel that we could do things better, that you yourself deserve better , then this book is a must read.
If you are a member of the grammar police then beware. This book is written in Urban English. As a teacher I had to overcome all my prejudices in the first few pages. One of the reasons that English has survived for so long is that people such as a gentlemen from Warwickshire haven’t been afraid to evolve the language to fit the times.
The author is one of those people.
Highly recommended to any free thinker who actually cares.
Completely readable, have already read it twice and will read it again. Some hilarious turns of phrase - I just wish it was longer.
Was a bit sorry when it ended.