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Ten Storey Love Song

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  253 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In Ten Storey Love Song, over the course of a single dynamite paragraph, we follow Bobby the Artist's rise to stardom and horrific drug psychosis, as Johnnie attempts to stop thieving and start pleasing Ellen in bed and forty-year-old truck driver Alan Blunt spends a worrisome amount of time patrolling the grounds of the local primary school. And when Bent Lewis, a famous ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 2nd 2009)
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Kim

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
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Andrew
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
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Will
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
Jodie Cotgreave
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
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Jordan Aech
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
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
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Jessica Lewis
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.
Kyle
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
Godzilla
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
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Florence Jillett
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.
Cath
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
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Crystal
Jul 17, 2012 Crystal rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read something very different from your average book.
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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
Chris Waters
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.
Dan Murphy
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...
Steve
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


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!
Kacie
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
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.
Tuck
Aug 11, 2009 Tuck marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
Munki
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.
Kidlazarus
I learned why you should be a sensual lover. Also, I learned that taking tons and tons of ecstasy is totally passe in England.
B
I really enjoyed the pacing and style of this book. Different than anything I have ever read.
cassandra
urban, original, british slang, uncannily poetic imagery, loveable characters, favorite.
Mihai
a novel with a single paragraph, but this single paragraph creates big addiction
David Brook
I liked it, but it's a quick read, with about three good characters and some hanger-ons.
Zach L.
So far its really good but i am still working on it
Melissa
A-MAZING i do have to say
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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.

Essay on his writing: http://www.faber.co.uk/article/2009/2...
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