Are you ready to be that annoying pal?
“There’s this story about folks’ knees bending the wrong way, it’s hilarious man!”
“And! There’s a story about Postman Pat, well, a postman called Pat. And he’s raging because drones have taken over his job, and he goes mental on M-Kat…”
“Then this old boy builds a shed and it turns into a techno club.”
And you’ll be doing this for good reason – because the stories are great and you’ll want to share them.
Each story has their own unique look at life in Scotland – and the world as a whole – with instantly relatable characters who you’re either rooting for or against within the first couple of lines. A lot of the time you end up feeling a bit sorry for the protagonist as their life twists to some cruel fate. Just like in real life for working class people, you try and try; but end up making a bit of a tit of yourself in the process – sent back to your place in the world with a dunt. But, there’s a good time to be had doing it, and would you ever learn anything without making mistakes? Where’s the fun in that?
The writing really comes into it’s own for me on some of the longer pieces. Bowls is the longest story in the book and is set out over 20 short chapters, it gives you more time to get to know the characters; who in this story in particular are worth getting to know.
Now you might might hear from other reviewers that the stories are silly, juvenile and crass. Well who the fuck would want to hang about with them? The book is for someone with an open mind who wants to have fun. So if you don’t like it, it’s probably your fault.
On the front of the book you’ll read in big fuck off bold letters –
I can see why that’s been said, but McQueer has done amazing job of making this his own. Short, hilarious stories that really will make you laugh out loud.
Get it pre-ordered now so you can be one of those smug people who, “heard about him first” – I know I will be.
Review by @DalePMcMullen