Pig Iron. Benjamin Myers by Benjamin Myers

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Myers's poetic vernacular brims with that quality most sadly lost in the Thatcher years – humanity.
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John-John wants to escape his past. But the legacy of brutality left by his bare-knuckle boxer father, King of the Gypsies, Mac Wisdom, overshadows his life. His new job as an ice cream man should offer freedom, but instead pulls him into the dark recesses of a northern town where his family name is mud. When he attempts to trade prejudice, parole officers and local gangs for his green cathedral' - the rural landscape in which he seeks solace - Mac's rise and bloody downfall threatens to engulf John-John's present. Pig Iron is the story of a traveller who hasn't travelled; a young man fighting for his surname and his very survival.
 

About Benjamin Myers

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Ben Myers is a highly respected music journalist and currently features editor at Kerrang! magazine. Since he was a teenager, he has travelled the world from California to Croatia writing about music, surviving death threats, mosh-pits and nearly shooting Ozzy Osbourne along the way. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Q, Uncut and Careless Talk Costs Lives.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Bluemoose. 300 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Sam Jordison on Sep 18 2012

...I did wonder sometimes if Myers pushed things too far. Towards the end, especially, things went a bit nuts.

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Reviewed by Cathi Unsworth on May 15 2012

Myers's poetic vernacular brims with that quality most sadly lost in the Thatcher years – humanity.

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