The debut novel from Graham Jones is narrated by a nomadic woman called Christine who is furious at the release of a violent videogame about a traveller wedding for the Christmas market. “Have a fight with your cousin and get 500 points,” says Jones. “Smash a window in the pub, get 1000 points." It's the old cliché about travellers in the form of a violent videogame but it's good because it provokes Christine into telling the story of her people more authentically...
kin up what they write in the papers about us, isn't it?'
'But traveller's do cause loadsa trouble,' Bernie whined back from the sports car obtusely. 'Ninety per cent of traveller's life is makin trouble. We make trouble all the time!'
'Seriously?' Michael stared down at him, tryin to see through the years that had passed. 'Do you believe that about us?'
'Yeah,' Bernie nodded in all seriousness and met his eyes.
'So,' Michael theorised. 'Ninety per cent of today you're gonna be violent?'
'I am,' Bernie smiled and they all burst out laughin again.
'I was hopin to hang out and remember what it's like,' Michael lamented. 'Then be able to go back to my bosses and say forget your idea about the traveller weddin. I've got a better idea!'
'Travellers versus Fingal County-'
'How about horses?' Clean Christy interjected. 'The kids are mad into racin.'
'That's shite,' Bernie shook his head from the driver's seat. 'He'll have to ma
An excelent engrossing book. It's been a long time since I came across such uniquely genuine 1st person narration. I was mystified by its abrupt ending, though. Was it the author's deliberate move, to leave us craving for more? Do books really need nicely polished endings? Isn't Christine's story parallel to the book's structure? "There is nothing so perverse than a life not lived..." There's nothing more intriguing than a book that gives you so much food for thought. Thank you so much for this savoury treat! I wholeheartedly recommend the book to everybody!
I'm enjoying this book and Christine's unique voice in telling the story of the travellers. We just returned from Ireland and heard travellers mentioned several times, not in a positive way. This is a better definition of travellers than any wikipedia entry could give us. I'm reading it on nook and do have a couple questions: why are there so many typos and misspellings: lead for led, etc.? And why is it free. It's a very good book. Why give it away free. As an English teacher I want to take out my red pen and proofread it (I don't mean change the voice of the people) and send it back for someone to make it a final draft. Thanks Graham Jones.
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