Edinburgh Review…a late review

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Edinburgh Review is one of my favourite publications, one of few long standing and reliable places for high quality reviews, essays – also, it commissions first class new fiction and poetry. So I’m very pleased Colin Carberry has given Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs a thoughtful, positive review in the latest Issue, ‘Neither Here Nor There’ (ER134).  Here’s an extract:

‘Glass’s novel finds the old footballing world collide with the new. And much like the infamous Roy Keane ‘tackle’ on Alf Inge Haaland, the old world gets carried off semi-conscious on a stretcher, its assailant standing over it, muttering insults.
Using Playercam, Mikey’s maniacal focus on Giggs bears an unmistakeable similarilty to The King of Comedy’s deluded Robert Pupkin. In wide shot, however, it’s a story of human detritus and second-hand rage. Glass writes with real romance about the burgeoning and blooding of young footballing talent, but as the story develops, and Mikey locks into a life of bitterness and poverty, the narrative brims with cynicism and fury.
There’s a darkness at the heart of the English Football pantomime, Glass contends – one that encourages festering resentment and troubled psyches. Bitterness and fury, it seems, are the real seagulls following the Premiership trawler.’
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