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Surviving Sting Paperback – 1 Oct 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tindal Street (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953589544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953589548
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 16.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 782,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul McDonald was born in Walsall. He left school at sixteen and worked for nearly ten years as a saddlemaker before going to Birmingham Polytechnic. He now teaches English and American Studies at Wolverhampton University. He still lives in Walsall, from where he travels widely in a so far unsuccessful search to find a place that makes his home town look good. Surviving Sting is his first novel.

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By A Customer on 8 July 2003
Format: Paperback
This book manages to tell a bizarre story, with bizarre characters, whilst maintaining a level of realism. This alone is a great accomplishment by Paul McDonald. He also manages to tell an interesting and altogether hilarious story, which is irresistable in its charms and excentricities. A must read from one of the most promising new authors in the country.
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I read Surviving Sting on a train journey through the picturesque Tuscan countryside on my way to Siena. Surrounded by vineyards, beautiful views and the sweet tones of Italian chitter-chatter, I felt like I was in fact on the 51 bus to Walsall surrounded by Yam-Yams. A very vivid and extremely funny book.
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Paul McDonald is a genius, its official. This is a superbly comedic novel, which combines intelligent humour with just the right balance of poignancy. The hero Dave McVane (A reluctant intellectual) falls head over heels in love with Jools (the beautiful girl from an ugly estate), and chaos ensues.The characters are wholly believable (especially if one comes from Walsall)and throughought the book, one is compelled to laugh out loud.
The story captures the essence of the late 70's, and whilst reading it one finds oneself almost reliving the past. If you are not old enough to remember that particular period in time,fear not....adolescence never really changes.
I advise anyone to buy this book. You will not be disappointed (Even if you have never heard of Walsall). Anyone who comes from the town, should be more proud of this novel than the "World famous" art gallery!
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By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2001
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Paul McDonald captures the essence of late adolescence unerringly. I'm nearly thirty years his senior but easily identify with his side-splitting narrative of the triumphs and anguish of lads in their late teens - some things are clearly independent of period. Best read in private: your responses get some funny looks if you're reading it on the train.
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