A coming-of-age story as strange and surprising, in its way, as THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
Cowan's writing is reminiscent of Roddy Doyle's in his ability to recreate the intense emotions of youth.
A first novel of extraordinary poise and accomplishment, treating a boy's coming of age amid the squalid realities of the new British underclass with a delicacy and lyricism which is both gripping and moving
The detail is immaculately recorded; the effect is heartbreaking
[A] wholly satisfying book, quietly beautiful and inescapably ominous
Beautifully evoked ... Cowan writes with a deceptive simplicity
A wonderful first novel