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Low Life Paperback – 16 Feb 2000

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Crocus Books; First Edition edition (16 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946745919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946745913
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 747,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A day in the life of
A day in the life of
Low Life is one man's struggle to cope with the inadequcies he sees within himself. Rooftop Rafferty is mixed up but self aware. The reader is invited to view a man's life in relation to a day. Unlike Ulysses by Joyce, who depicts a beautiful day in a worthwhile man's life, I wanted to view a miserable day in a worthless man's life. The anti-hero (Rafferty) is the lowest of the low. A man who takes his baby on a drinking and thieving binge. His only redeeming features being his sense of humour and his endearing ability to laugh at himself before the reader gets a chance. Hope you enjoy it. love and peace Duff


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The testimony of Ronald "Rooftop" Rafferty,self confessed thief,coward,drunk,self publicist and general user of all around him, set in mid 80s Manchester,is authentic,laugh out loud funny and rattles along at subterranean homesick blues pace. Rooftop is related by literature to Naughton's Alfie or Arthur Seaton from Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,both dislikeable and disarming,spinning the tale of his life with a humour that combines Joe Orton and Bernard Manning and all points in between. If the meek are going to inherit the earth Rooftop pauses only long enough to regret that he didn't think of that scam first before setting out to clean up what's left,whether its kiting cheques,bumping goods on HP or outright lifting. The scene where the young,business suited,female entrepreneur attempts to rent her (uninsured) karaoke machine to a Miles Platting pub while the local jackals strip the van outside is black comedy at its best. Rooftop's various acquaintances include some entirely believeable characters who live where most people wouldn't care to drive,set at each other by life in Thatcher's Britain where looking after number one is the only job anyone wants to take. The narrative centres on a single day in Rooftop's life,drawing on the critical episodes that lead him to an inevitable climax in a Bolton graveyard. The story is crammed with incident (the material could have been padded out to produce 3 or 4 novels),humour and pathos. It is absolutely unrelenting with not a single sympathetic character but driven by the persuasive voice of its main protagonist. As relevant to 80s Manchester as the Smiths, New Order and Remi Moses' scrap with Jesper Olsen. A top read.
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By A Customer on 6 May 2000
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When I first saw this book on display in a Manchester bookstore I just picked it up to browse the back cover and then put it down again - only this time what I read on the back cover made me take it to the till and get my money out.
I got home and started reading it - have you ever heard the phrase "un-putdownable" ? - well that applies to Low Life - I started reading it at 10pm and I read it all in one go - it's got everything - comedy (loads of ! ) - pathos - excitement - and more comedy again..I won't spoil the fun by putting anything about the plot here, except to say that if you want to find out what life's all about at grass roots level, then get this book.
I don't know who Mike Duff is, but I can bet one thing for sure - the book world will be hearing a lot more of him in the near future if this novel is anything to go by.
This book is a "Must Buy" !
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Just read this book in one long sitting, and never felt bored once. The subject matter, the location, the era described, were all secondary to the writing itself. Any writer who can truly write can write about anything and do a fantastic job. Duff comes at you like an honest yet threatening yet somehow harmless (just don't take yer eyes off him) tornado. At no point does his style become embedded and camouflaged by the gritty, clued-up language packed into this excellent little tome. Instead, Duff's unique voice melds with a chancer's attitude, and the resultant hybrid lopes along formidably, like a Manc scallywag running from the police across a variegated obstacle course comprising factories, warehouses, city streets, canals, and innumerable pubs. The line between fiction and non-fiction blurs and the smaller details of petty criminality are rendered with a ferocious and accomplished resolution, down there at the scale of reality where only the experienced may judge authenticity. This book is a classic, and is easily a contender for best of its kind.
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