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The Charlton Men

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
'The Charlton Men', the first part of a trilogy set in South London, combines literary fiction with a love of football. Set in the historic surrounds of Greenwich and Charlton, the novel interweaves the rich heritage of the area's past with contemporary themes of social disenfranchisement and a search for meaning. [NP] Set in the aftermath of the 2011 London riots, the ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published May 19th 2014 by Thames River Press (first published March 1st 2014)
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Steven Kay
Feb 27, 2016 Steven Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: football-fiction
This book is a self-proclaimed work of literary fiction. That was a worry before I’d even turned a page. What makes a novel “literary?” — you’ll not find anyone who will define it precisely, but it seems to be a book that appeals to intellectuals, or, sadly, in some cases, is self-absorbed. Anyone who describes their own book as a “literary” work risks the perception that they are saying: “I have written a book for clever people because, I too, am clever.”
It is not easy, though, publishing a no
Paul Anderson
Apr 09, 2016 Paul Anderson rated it it was amazing
This is Paul Breen's first novel and I loved it! It combines brilliantly, the love of football with a well worked and believable troubled romance. It is also a great snapshot in time, recording social history. Interesting different themes are introduced throughout the book, without losing focus on the story. As a piece of literary fiction, I loved the style adopted by the author. Looking forward to reading the next books in the series!
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The Next Best Boo...: NEW BOOK BY AN IRISH WRITER BASED IN LONDON 1 10 Jul 14, 2014 06:24AM  
New book for football and non-football fans alike 1 1 May 05, 2014 02:44AM  
I am an Irish writer living, writing, teaching, travelling, and surviving in London. I'm a lecturer and researcher who happens to love writing, and has loved it ever since childhood, growing up on a family farm in rural Ireland. Like many writers I guess I have spent a long time writing without getting things published but in recent years I've started to have more success with publishing. I ...more
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