Friday, 12 August 2011

Tales from the Longcroft Estate: A Good Day - Darren Sant

My mate Daz has got a book out! So I wrote a wee review, as you do. Look:

‘A Good Day’, the first in Darren Sant’s ‘Tales from the Longcroft Estate’ series, gets things off to a very good start. Well, a bad one really, but you know what I mean.

Our unlikely hero for this story is a thieving heroin addict. Ever the opportunist, he takes full advantage of the flash cars that have started to turn up on the estate since the new neighbours moved in. They keep themselves to themselves, but someone should have told them: you can’t keep a secret on the Longcroft. Not for long, anyway.

In ‘A Good Day’, Darren tackles difficult and emotive issues head on. He doesn’t flinch from showing us the grim horror of life for the underclass he’s writing about, neither sugars the pill nor dwells on the horror. He just tells it like it is. What I really love about this story is how Darren manages to give such a need-driven, self-obsessed waster as the main character layers and complexities, and yet to contain those within the essentially flawed nature of that character.

This is a cracking little tale, topped and tailed by the fortunes of a seagull (or ‘shitehawk’, as they’re known round here). Bloody horrible birds. No surprise that one of those would try to make itself at home on the Longcroft Estate.

1 comment:

  1. Yep, cracking story. Always puts that Ice Cube song in me head, too.