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Product details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (30 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477564322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477564325
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,080,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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If I have a complaint about In Loco Parentis, I would have to say that it is so readable and compelling that I spilt food down two separate shirts and a pair of trousers whilst trying unsuccessfully to feed myself without having to stop reading.
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.
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Although there are plot elements which are somewhat implausible, the writing is so good that you are completely taken in by the story. The writing style is spare and there are no extraneous details: just enough to move the plot on. Dialogue is realistic, crisp and effective in moving the plot on as well; and it certainly does move on. I couldn't put this book down and nearly burned the dinner because I kept on reading it while I was cooking. There's a good mix of characters in this novel: some you like and some you would go along way to avoid but all are interesting and well written. In many ways this is a depressing novel but at times it made me laugh aloud especially some of the scenes when Joe and Emma are together. Overall I really enjoyed reading In Loco Parentis and liked the author's writing style very much.
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I really don't often give up a whole day to read a novel from cover to cover but just every now and again a book grips me so tightly everything else that I might have planned to do with my day just falls by the wayside and I snuggle down and read, not stopping until the final full stop.
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.
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Life has awkward disjointed moments. One moment you're doing fine, walking along and then suddenly something hits you between the eyes. A surprise, a bolt out of the blue and always, ALWAYS when you least expect it. Those moments, the pivotal points where things go from being ok to a disaster are the best way I can describe the events in this novel.

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.
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I read this because I enjoyed the story collection Beat on the Brat so much. Initially I thought it a slow opening, the protagonist was cheating on his missus seemed to be the jist, but (without giving too much away) the protag turns out to be not quite the sane indiviual we expect to have as a teacher. I was gripped.
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I first came across the author Nigel Bird in the ebook anthology True Brit Grit. Being curious I decided to investigate more of his work. In Loco Parentis is a fast flowing story following a humble primary school teacher who leads a complicated love life, unable to commit to any one person. He falls into a twisted heap of trouble as one mistake leads to another and before you know it murder has been committed. During the course of the novel we get to see how the protagonist really cares for the young children he teaches. It's clear to see that Nigel Bird has teaching experience with an excellent knowledge of his subject matter. His feel for the central character really shines through. To summarise this is a very readable story mixing love, lust and teaching with murder! Enjoy.
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