Magnificent Joe by James Weathley

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There are some flaws. A prologue that gives away the ending...An implausible device leads to a sudden change in Geoff’s fortunes, and the plot lurches into melodrama at times.
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Recently released from prison, Jim is welcomed back by his childhood mates to the northern working-class town where he grew up. With no alternative, Jim falls in step with their lives: working down the building site, pub, sleep. No time to regret the future that could have been had he not taken that punch and killed that boy. The only glimmer of warmth amid the tough grind is his friendship with Joe, a man with severe learning difficulties who is regarded with suspicion by the rest of the community. But when Joe is falsely accused of a crime, Jim must break the claustrophobic confines of his life and take drastic action in order to protect him.

With his spare and powerful prose, James Wheatley has crafted a brilliantly compelling, often dark, and frequently funny novel about how an extraordinary friendship can offer redemption and help rebuild a life.
 

About James Weathley

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James Wheatley is a research consultant, musician, and writer. A graduate of the Sheffield Hallam Creative Writing Course in the UK, he lives in Yorkshire where he divides his time between writing and playing guitar in several bands. This is his first novel.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by Oneworld Publications. 292 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Apr 26 2013

What hope...for the eponymous Joe, a simple man who joyously calls the things he likes "magnificent" and can't read danger signs? A dark, angry novel, tightly wound.

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Financial Times

Below average
Reviewed by Suzi Feay on Apr 26 2013

There are some flaws. A prologue that gives away the ending...An implausible device leads to a sudden change in Geoff’s fortunes, and the plot lurches into melodrama at times.

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