In Loco Parentis Paperback – 30 May 2012
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About the Author
Nigel Bird Bibliography As Editor: 2012 Pulp Ink 2 published by Snubnose Press (co-edited by Chris Rhatigan) 2011 Pulp Ink published by Needle Press (co-edited by Chris Rhatigan) 2011 Where The Wild Things Were (The Best Of The Rue Bella) 1998 - 2003 The Rue Bella Magazine volumes 1 to 9 (co-edited by Geoff Bird) Novels: 2012 In Loco Parentis Novellas: 2013 The Rocks Below 2012 Mr Suit 2012 Smoke Short Story Anthologies including my work: 2013 Lee (the Lee Marvin anthology) published by Crime Factory 2012 Nightfalls (story Greene Day) published by Dark Valentine Press 2012 Both Barrels (story, The Rhythm Of Life)published by Shotgun Honey 2012 Protectors (Stories To Benefit Protect) (story, Baby's In Blue) published by Goombah Gumbo Press 2012 Crimefactory 11 (story, Horse) published by Crime Factory 2011 True Brit Grit (story, Stones In Me Pockets) published by Guilty Conscience 2011 Off The Record (story, Super Trouper) published by Guilty Conscience 2011 Grimm Tales (story, Sing A Song Of Sixpence) published by Untreed Reads 2011 Pulp Ink (story, A Whole Lot Of Rosie) published by Needle Publications 2011 Speedloader (story, You Dirty Rat) published by Snubnose Press 2011 Mammoth Best British Crime 9 (story, Sisterhood) published by Robinson 2011 Mammoth Best British Crime 8 (story, An Arm And A Leg) published by Robinson 2010 Caught By Darkness (an anthology of Dark Tales) published by Pill Hill Press Short Story (Individual) 2012 Sleeps With The Fishes 2011 Into Thin Air published by Untreed Reads Short Story Collections (Individual) 2011 With Love And Squalor 2011 Beat On The Brat (and other stories) 2011 Dirty Old Town (and other stories) Poetry Collections (Individual) 2011 The Day My Coat Stuck On My Head 2011 Busted Flat Magazines 2011 Voluted Tales (story, Fisher Of Men) 2010 Needle Magazine (story, Beat On The Brat) 2010 Crimespree Magazine (story, An Arm And A Leg) 2010 Dark Valentine Magazine (story, Silver Street) 2009 The Reader Magazine (story, Into Thin Air)
Top Customer Reviews
I am not sure if this reveals bad manners on my part, or on Nigels: for not allowing his poor readers any time to live their own lives whilst immersed in his stories.
Perhaps its just the sign of a really, really good read.
I couldn't be happier that the book in question this time is IN LOCO PARENTIS by the ridiculously talented Nigel Bird. I've read many of Nigel's short stories and his cracking novella, Smoke, so since I heard that there was a novel on the horizon, I've been salivating.
I never dreamt that it would be this good though. How wonderful must it be to start off a writing project and end up with a truly classic tale? There are so many points of interest in this novel that all deserve the highest praise.
The novel's construction is a continuous stream of perfectly hewn nuggets of observation. The style is minimal with Bird only communicating the minimum information you need to know to move the plot along and to examine the emotional state of the characters. There is no endless descriptive passages or pointless dialogue; if these did ever exist, Bird has surgically removed every spare ounce of fat leaving a lean and clean text that is as fresh as a bright winter's morning with the light dazzling off the frost encrusted trees.
Although the main character in the book is a primary teacher, do not be fooled into thinking that this is a bit of a mushy story about kids. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It's the kind of noir writing that I love; a central character who's set on a self destructive mission, already damaged and slipping further down into his own personal hell with every twist and turn of the plot.Read more ›
Joe works as a teacher and whilst we'd hope that he would be a well adjusted person that's not the case. Life has conspired against him. Perhaps it was the loss of his parents? He's trying to work through things in therapy but it seems hopeless. His affair with a married woman isn't helping matters. His lost love up in Preston is another added complication. Joe's life is out of control and his decisions are rash, careless and even dangerous.
Nigel Bird puts power in his words and, to use a cliche, we watch as Joe's life spirals out of control. I found this a gripping read and if I'm honest I can't exactly put my finger on why. It flows, it's well written. There are moments of happiness, of sex and joy but these are brief glimpses. At times Bird's writing is terrifically descriptive and it captures your imagination easily. A dark story that will not be to the tastes of all but if you have any interest in human relationships and the darkness that lies just behind the everyday minutiae then you'll enjoy this novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this writers work. He is probably better known for his excellent short stories than for novels such as this. However this is a brilliant read - quite risque and subversive. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I only got to 14% and could stand no more! What's with. All the short. Bursts of text. Here's an extract "Inside we’re all done. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by Galning
I downloaded this book for free a while ago and couldn't remember what is was about, I assume I based my decision on the other reviews. Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by Molecat
Good for holiday relaxed reading... books of course are subjective and someone else may enjoy more than myself ..
All i can say really !!
I downloaded this for free but to be honest it wasn't really easy to read and I felt like I must have missed a bit ? Story did not flow wellPublished on 22 May 2013 by dd
I got about 40% through this book and still didn't get what it was about. I found it very tedious, though might go back when I've nothing else to read!Published on 27 April 2013 by Judie
Probably too old for the writing style but found it disjointed, having drug fuelled killer as a primary teachers has its own disturbing factor.Published on 20 April 2013 by Ian
You have to turn over the next page but weird plot. Good but weird enjoyed it and I had an urge to find out what happened next.Published on 10 April 2013 by steven patrick
Not sure I've read a book, more an exert out of a time in someone's life. A disturbing life that remains very dark. Read morePublished on 9 April 2013 by Amazon Customer