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on 30 January 2001
This is really more of a collection of short stories loosely based around a central theme. It's writen in quite an odd way, but it's also very readable.
The only bad thing about it, is it makes you want to read more from the author, but to my knowledge this is His/Her only book so far.
Highly reccomended, though I'm sure it won't be to everyone's taste.
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on 10 February 2006
I have read this book twice as it was so great and the author doesn't seem to have written anything else!
As the other reviewer has said the style of writing is a little odd but when you get used to it it is laugh out loud stuff!
I can't recommend it highly enough and T Troughton, if you are out there please publish something else!
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on 16 August 2010
No one seems to have heard of this book except myself and the four other people who have reviewed it on Amazon in the twelve years since it was published, but it ought to be a best seller with a cult following.

Perhaps the publishers just did not do anything to market this lively low life comedy.

This original author Tabitha Troughton's first (and only so far?) book makes the point that drug dealers, deviants and professional criminals are not just found in big cities but in medium sized and smaller towns and villages in counties like Buckinghamshire too.

The book does go off at many tangents with stories about many of the minor characters, but there is nothing wrong with that. It is written in a gently ironic tone; so if you are reading this review but have not yet read 'Animals' why not become the sixth person ever to read it?

If you do like it, another novel not as well known as it should be that may appeal to some of the same audience and which I greatly recommend is Everything You Ever Wanted by Rosalind Wyllie, which despite the impression the cover illustration may create is certainly neither 'porn' and typical 'check lit'.
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on 30 September 2009
Who is T Troughton, has he or she written anything else, maybe under another name?

I wish I knew, as this is one of my all-time favourite books. It's about Aylesbury low-life and is set at some unspecified time that seems to draw on the late seventies to the mid nineties. Written in a the vernacular, an amateur drug dealer tells the story of himself and his peers. The thing is, I knew these people, I could name a few directly and a few are composites of others I knew, from the drug dealing cafe owner, to the transsexual builder - I inhabited the same Aylesbury bedsit-land as they did, and worked in all the dodgy bars where they drank whilst I I saved up for the mortgage that got me away from them.

A spooky book for me, but I've no idea if it's any good.
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on 15 April 2013
Just a great and quirky read, you may not find anything else by T Troughton but look for her blog if you enjoy.
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on 25 October 2008
Understand one thing. This is not a great book. Its a moderately entertaining collection of shaggy dog stories, tall tales and meandering diversions, hung together to form a sort of narrative.

As far as it goes, its enjoyable enough - there is plenty of dark humour (though not real pitch-black stuff), some enjoyably daffy characters (Like Ex-Uncle Nigel the Chiltern Goose Strangler, or Sandra The Village Bike, hopeless slapper turned avenging Amazon on a stolen moped...) and the ending is absolutely spot on.

On the down side, the loose structure does occasionally annoy - you wish that Troughton would develop some of the stories from half arsed ideas into proper tales, and the studied weirdness of the tone can get a bit wearing.

But all in all, not at all bad.
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