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Ten Storey Love Song

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  314 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Bobby works on his canvasses under the influence of pills-on-toast, acid-on-crackers and Francis Bacon. When famous art dealer Bent Lewis suddenly appears, Bobby and his friends are sent on a sweaty adventure of self-discovery, hedonism, and violence involving a 2.5cm-head curved claw hammer.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 2nd 2009 by Harper Perennial
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Jul 20, 2010 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh-at-you, scrapped

I gave it 66 pages. 67 if you count the front cover which is the 'first' page.

Sure, it's clever... clever like as if Ken Kesey met the Trainspotting guy and regurgitated a Slacker baby that emulated The Young Ones and then decided to 'honor' classics like Georgie Girl for no real reason except to name a character after her and have her sort of pudgie and fond of sweets (Willy Wonka homage too) I guess I'm too old to appreciate snogging and farting and head trips and scuzzy boys and lots of dru
Jul 19, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
I devoured this book in a day and a half. Millward’s gritty, yet at times heart warming tale of the residents of a tower block on a Council Estate in Middlesborough is a real joy to read.

The relatively short cast of characters is wonderfully developed throughout the book and you can’t help warming to them, despite their numerous character flaws. Millward’s description of Bobby’s drug psychosis is positively ‘trippy’ and the Johnnie’s journey from a porn loving, ultra violent, uber-chav to a sens
Apr 14, 2009 Will rated it liked it
A more appropriate title may have been Ten Storey Drug Song. And yet I found the main male characters both compelling and likeable, even though they spend their days in a haze of druggy, self-absorbed behavior. The female characters had less depth and felt more like props than people. The book owes a lot to Irvine Welsh, and has the same working class Brit feel. I'm sure I didn't get the whole story because I've never been to Middlesborough and some of the slang was unfamiliar, but I don't feel ...more
Jordan Aech
Apr 17, 2011 Jordan Aech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I once wrote a short story that only had one paragraph that I brought to a reading group. It was in a rough state with very little editing, just how I wrote it at the time. I even notified the others that I intended to polish it up and add paragraphs. I was amazed how that became the focus of criticism and also how many people had trouble reading it. I was partially inspired to leave it in that condition after reading this book. Seeing it in the library with the first page beginning on the cover ...more
Scotch Egg
Sep 21, 2013 Scotch Egg rated it it was amazing
Classic Milward again, what more can you say about that lad that hasn't already been written, he's a writer, a male human, a philanthropist, a poet, a good egg with morals and brilliant mind, he puts his thoughts down on paper and sells them to earn his crust, priceless crack all round that.
This books as good as anything I've read and I've read some classics, the bible was good, mein kampf didn't really grab me but neither of them had my full attention like this Milward classic. There's no poin
Jun 15, 2010 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's got to be some kind of literary and artistic feat that this whole story is a single long-winded paragraph, and that in the case of my edition, this paragraph begins on the very cover of the book. Because of all this, the rambling, though intended, gets a bit boring, especially when it's already been well-illustrated for the last 50 pages (albeit beautifully) that a character is drugged up. The whole thing is a nice piece of work not unlike something Bobby the Artist would create: distinctiv ...more
Jodie Cotgreave
Aug 19, 2014 Jodie Cotgreave rated it really liked it
I completely lost track of time whilst reading this book, although i think that may have something to do with the complete lack of chapter breaks or paragraphs.
It reads a lot like Irvine Welsh but not quite as brutal (although some bits did make me a bit queasy)
Great storyline which focuses on a group of friends living in the same block of council flats, some working and some on benefits. The ups and downs of their relationships and friendships are both amusing and moving and sometimes harrowing
Oct 13, 2009 Godzilla rated it really liked it
A pacy, rollercoaster of a book. Wonderfully drawn charcaters and interlinking plot lines draw you into this immediately.

Family connections with Middlesbrough meant that this resonaated with me instantly.

The book veers from comedic to dark seamlessly, providing a sharp and funny insight into this modern world.

This certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, with all the sex and drugs, but frankly you won't pick it up off the shelf, if that's the case will you?

There are some great observations abo
Kate Haddigan
Feb 13, 2015 Kate Haddigan rated it really liked it
Written as one paragraph, this book reads beautifully in one sitting. An unrelentingly honest portrayal of English council estates, the novel makes simple observations of some of the grubbier aspects of love, sex and life, yet never undermines the characters struggles.
Whilst we are mainly following Bobby the artist grappling with success and hedonism, the novel is peppered with brash, multi-faceted characters, some vulgar, some deviant, all credible and personable.
Easy to compare to Irvine Welsh
Jun 23, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read something very different from your average book.
Shelves: books-i-own
I just finished this book. I did enjoy it, but I found it hard to read. It is one long paragraph. There is no chapters. Literally just one long paragraph. Its written differently than any book I've ever read. It is a lot of drug psychosis, what's real and what's not. It was raw, honest, trippy. There is minimal punctuation and no indentations but I have no complaints because the writing style fits the story perfectly. The characters are very real and well developed. Overall it was enjoyable, but ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Cath rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this book, but I think it was aimed at a much younger reader! I found Bobby rather frustrating, although also endearing.
There is a very clear Irvine Welsh influence here, although not nearly so dark - more Diet Coke than Irn Bru (not a criticism, more an observation).
The lack of chapters and almost complete absence of paragraphs was trying at times, but it was in keeping with the feel of the story.
I would recommend it for late teens/young twenties - perhaps not so appropriate for a thi
Chris Waters
Apr 23, 2009 Chris Waters rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. Just brilliant, expressive writing. Not an easy thing to do. The happy bits make you feel ecstatic; the druggy bits make you feel psychedelic; and the amorous bits make you feel sexy. It's a remarkable achievement. And since Mr Milward's a young lad, we'll hopefully get a shedload more books out of him. Five gold stars from me.
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 Nick Davies rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2011
DNF - I started reading this - in early 2011 or 2012 - but just couldn't get past the stumbling block of the style in which it was written. Not so much the language or the subject (I read 'Apples' and enjoyed it very much), just the reams and reams of text without paragraph or chapter break. This stylistic choice ruined what could have been an enjoyable novel.
Dan Murphy
Feb 03, 2012 Dan Murphy rated it liked it
For the most part a good read. Like Apples it shines a light on the less desirable aspects of British youth culture, but felt like it lacked the heart and smarts of Apples. In parts clever and definitely worth a read, Ten Storey Love Song is a little above average...
Jessica Lewis
Feb 07, 2014 Jessica Lewis rated it liked it
I read this many years ago, but I remember buying it in London. I remember that the entire book is one paragraph. I remember that it is basically a crazy story with a lot of drugs, but I do remember liking it! Will come back to it again someday.
Feb 15, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it
I wouldn't want to live in Peach House, but sure was a nice place to visit. Bobby, Johnnie and Alan were all nutty in their own way. I have a crush on Georgie...
The artisty bits needed a leap of faith to believe in, as did the happy ending.
Lynne Milligan
Dec 07, 2012 Lynne Milligan rated it it was amazing

This is a really clever book. The narrative is fantastic and I loved the way the characters interacted. The single paragraph structure (yes only one for the whole book) put me off at first but it worked!
Florence Jillett
Jan 20, 2014 Florence Jillett rated it it was amazing
An interesting concept (the book is one long paragraph) and a bit like Apples (Milwards first book) we have the viewpoints from things you don't expect (for instance a condom). Read it in one sitting to appreciate it more.
May 01, 2010 Kidlazarus rated it it was amazing
I learned why you should be a sensual lover. Also, I learned that taking tons and tons of ecstasy is totally passe in England.
Jul 28, 2011 Kacie added it
What a wonderfully real book. Definitely a little crude at parts, but that just makes the characters all the more relateable in a way. I enjoyed it. I'd probably even read it again.
Amy Cremmen
Jul 08, 2011 Amy Cremmen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I saw that Irvine Welsh enjoyed tMilward's previous book, so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm glad I did. It was raw, real and gritty, just how I like books.
Aug 11, 2009 Tuck marked it as to-read
supposed to be good. about a group of misfits living together in a council estate. from review "its a high-wire act on par with the better irvine welsh" SOLD
Sarah Louise
Oct 07, 2015 Sarah Louise rated it really liked it
great book for a person who doesn't mind a bit a gore! funny and insightful. artist and live changing.
Apr 23, 2011 Munki rated it it was ok
I found this quite an irritating book. The bit where the cliched troubled bohemian druggie artists girlfriend makes him a fry up out of sweeties was pathetic.
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Oct 07, 2011 Estelle rated it it was amazing
Seriously Good!
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Richard Milward was born in Middlesbrough in 1984. His debut novel, Apples, was published in 2007, and he recently passed his degree in Fine Art from Byam Shaw at Central St Martins in London. He currently lives in Middlesbrough.

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