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Talk of the Town

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  7 reviews
1986, the last day of the summer holidays, and Christopher Hearsey is wondering why his best mate Arthur has suddenly disappeared, and whether lippy Gill Ross a few doors down might know anything about it. The border city of Carlisle is buzzing with rumours following an act of terrible violence, and in order to begin his search Chris must face down his own dread, not only ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published May 7th 2010 by Picador USA (first published June 2009)
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May 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
told in Carlisle dialect (random sample: Aye, cus there's nee one kippin here. And that gans fer you lot in all) this is a coming of age story that is full of a beautiful, poetic imagery of the everyday:
Me reflection slid with us, over the winder of the baker's where the gingerbread men lay in trays, and I caught a glimpse of the baker spinnin a loaf in a paper bag by the ears and passin it over the counter.

However I found the story a bit stock, and slowed down somewhat by this minute-by-minute
Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Never got interested in this at all, despite getting 200 and a bit pages in. Story heads for a conclusion that I had little desire to experience.
Anna Hewitt
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This secret spread between us

In Jacob Polley’s, Talk of the Town, every character has their own secret; it is just that some secrets are heavier to carry than others. The story is told in Carlisle dialect through Chris, a fourteen year old boy, who is trying to make sense of what is happening around him. The biggest unknown is why Chris’s best friend, Arthur, has disappeared. A local tramp, burnt to death, is splattered all over the papers and Chris dreads and senses the connection between this
Patrick Neylan
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 21st-century
Jacob Polley is one of the best writers I have read for years. Talk Of The Town might be described as a piece of masterful existentialism, or perhaps an English Catcher In The Rye, or a 21st Century Kes, but all that matters for now is that it is a hugely enjoyable story written in such an engaging style that the reader barely notices how beautifully poetic it is.

True, I was worried when I started reading. There are few apostrophes and no speech marks, and the entire piece is written in the dial
Eloise Smith
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, poetic and painfully true. Another reviewer compared it to Kes - spot on.
Lynne Milligan
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this. I loved the setting, characters and narrative.
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to read a book in Carlisle dialect but the story didn't grab me.
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Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle, Cumbria. He is the author of three acclaimed books of poems, The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006) and The Havocs (2012), all published by Picador, UK. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, and both The Brink and The Havocs were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

In 2011, he was Arts Queensland’s poet-in-residence, and he was Visiting Fellow Commoner in the

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