Human Punk

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A rare novel set against a punk-rock background that works as a cultural document—punk and politics: a way of life. A film based on the novel is in currently in development.
 
For 15-year-old Joe Martin, growing up on the outskirts of West London, the summer of 1977 means punk rock, busy pubs, disco girls, stolen cars, social-club lager, cutthroat Teddy Boys, and a job picking cherries with the gypsies. Life is sweet—until he is attacked by a gang of youths and thrown into the Grand Union Canal with his best friend Smiles. Fast forward to 1988, and Joe is traveling home on the Trans-Siberian Express after three years away, remembering the highs and lows of the intervening years as he comes to terms with tragedy. Fast forward to 2000, and life is sweet once more. Joe is earning a living selling records and fight tickets, playing his favorite 45s as a punk DJ, but when a face from the past steps out of the mist he is forced to relive that night in 1977 and deal with the fallout. Human Punk is the story of punk, a story of friendship, and a story of common bonds and a shared culture—sticking the boot in, sticking together. This edition includes a new introduction from the author.

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John King is the author of seven novels, including England Away, Headhunters, The Prison House, Skinheads, and White Trash. He currently publishes and edits Verbal, a fiction-based publication.

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“Unique and brutal fiction. King is a master of idiom and street slang. He appears with a voice that appears to be the true expression of disaffected white British youth.” —Times“In its ambition and exuberance, Human Punk is a league ahead of much contemporary English fiction.”  —New Statesman“The long sentences and paragraphs build up cumulatively, with the sequences describing an end-of-term punch-up and the final canal visit just two virtuoso examples. These passages come close to matching the coiled energy of Hubert Selby’s prose, one of King’s keynote influences. . . . In the resolution of the novel’s central, devastating act, there is an almost Shakespearean sense of a brief restoration of balance after the necessary bloodletting.”  —Gareth Evans, Independent"I think the title Human Punk is quite fitting, since it balances the two things quite well: the underlying friendships and problems and struggles make punk seem less remote and fashionable and more . . . well . . . human." —Susie Rodarme, Book Riot
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