A dark and bitterly funny window on to a part of British life that most would rather sweep under the carpet . . . both inspiring and uplifting.
A compelling piece of ethnography, but it is also a deeply personal memoir . . . Moving but never sanctimonious, it is another City of God, this time for Britain rather than Brazil.
A damnation of British society that is both violently shocking and laugh-out-loud funny, reading somewhere between a pre-teen Trainspotting and a northern-English equivalent of Larry Clark's Kids . . . a memoir with attitude
Hare writes with laconic self-deprecation, black humour and a humane, ever present sense of railing against the system that failed Urban and his gang . . . exceptional
An extraordinary account of the parallel world of missing children who live under our noses in every inner city, but officially don't exist.
A cross between a grim fairytale and a reflective, brazen anecdote . . . a marvellous read.
This is writing from the edge. Bernie Hare is a truly original voice. He deserves to be big - really big!
'Don't miss Bernard Hare's astonishing account of his relationship with Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew'
'As a record of contemporary Britain, it is searing...Hare is never sensationalist, sentimental, judgemental or self-regarding'
'It reads like a novel - a gripping, vivid, deeply affecting piece of work'