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Leg It by [Parkinson, Alan]
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  • Print Length: 328 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IE9Z46
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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...there's something about this book that just draws you in. Every once in a while a book comes along that just begs you to keep reading and this is one of those books. It may be the way it flips effortlessly from childhood memories to real time events and back again or it may just be the evenhanded way it portrays the (extremely plausible) characters, I'm not sure. Without wishing to be a spoiler I'd say the ending could possibly have been a bit stronger but it's always nice when an author of a story of this caliber leave the option for a sequel.
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My normal reading material consists of Autobiographies or Non-Fiction (perhaps due to a lack of imagination on my behalf), however after a few years of being ever so gently pointed in the direction of this book, I decided to take a look.

Like any other book or film, it needed to grab my attention from the outset and it certainly did not disappoint in that regard. Although significantly (ok, slightly) younger than the Author, the descriptive narrative outlining the young gentlemen and their early surroundings, had me recalling tales from my own childhood immediately, and left me wanting to discover more about each character.

What really worked for me though is the shift to the present day and the fact that questions were being raised so early in the book, made we want to turn the page (well, swipe the screen) to find out more.

The book seamlessly flits between eras in a way that captures the imagination without confusion, and provides unforseen twists and turns along the way.

Overall this is a superb read and I must offer compliments to the Author, coupled with apologies for waiting so long to give it a go!
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What a well-spent pound: my heart normally sinks at the thought of self-published fiction, but I got led to this via a Sunderland-related website, and read a novel that engrossed and entertained me far more than many for which I have paid eight times the price and which have inexplicably and (compared to this book) undeservedly managed to atract an agent and a publisher.

The story cuts between the protagonist's childhood and the present; the tone is warm, funny reminiscence for the former and edgy, pacy crime writing for the latter, with the switch between the two during the protagonist's adolescence expertly handled. The evocation of childhood really is up there with the opening chapters of Sons and Lovers, or with The Go-Between: I laughed at these kids and I loved them. The sections set later in time did all that good crime writing should: it raced to a thrilling conclusion holding the reader in suspense right until the very end.

The use of two narratives, with a fifteen year gap in between, is convincingly used to explain how the characters became who they became. The child is indeed father of the man, and I really do commend the author because in his hands the device works: the way that the things that happen to these people as kids go on to shape their adult relationships and their adult lives is entirely convincing. We are left wondering at the pity of it, and with a few "if only's": if only this teacher had done his job, if only that mother hadn't always leapt to the worst conclusion about her son, if only certain adults had been more of what, in connection with children, they are supposed to be: responsible.

The author has said elsewhere that he wrote this a while ago, and hasn't written anything since. He should.
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It takes a while to get used to the fact there are effectively two stories running in alternate chapters. Also the ending to both stories is rather weak. I am not from the North East as a child but worked there in the 70's & 80's and there was not much in either story to make it really stand out as coming from that area. Still it was quite readable especially as it was a freeby. Don't spend a fortune on it but give it a go if it is cheap.
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Coming from the area that the book is set in, it was nice to be able to picture where they were at a given time. The way the author jumped from the characters being young and what happened through their lives to when they were grown men, was a way to totally understand how and why they turned out the way they did. I would have liked to know a bit more about the main character, and why he did what he did. A good ending!
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This book was a little different for me but I really enjoyed it. An interesting read, going from the past to the present. It was interesting to see how the author did this. I would certainly choose a book by him again.
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Great story, brilliantly written. I have just finished this book and can guarantee I will read it again in the future.
It regularly made me laugh out loud.
I can't recommend this book enough,
Buy it and you won't be disappointed
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One of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Brought back many memories from my youth and I could relate to most of the story. Fiction based on fact. Even if you aren't from Sunderland I would still recommend this book. Many a guffaw and plenty of belly laughs tinged with nostalgic reflection of times gone by. skips easily into present day mode and back again
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