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Julep Street

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  34 reviews
In his seventh novel, Craig departs contemporary Montana and heads to a river town in western Kentucky, one where a beleaguered newspaper editor is about to confront all that he is, and all he never imagined he might be.

Carson McCullough has given his career to a singular pursuit—putting out a small daily newspaper that keeps his employees engaged and his hometown informed
Paperback, 238 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Missouri Breaks Press
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Rebecca McNutt
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, thriller
At first I was expecting nothing more than a run-of-the-mill thriller novel, but Julep Street, heavily immersed in its vivid setting, is so much deeper than that. I loved it, and I highly recommend it to any reader.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbc
Sit back, open the book and become immersed in the colourful characters, superb writing and wonderful descriptions that are, for me, the symbols of Craig Lancaster's work.

Follow Carson's journey as his life's work and livelihood is suddenly stripped from him, leading to an incident fueled road trip, a period of madness, a lot of reflection, many mistakes and the severe testing of life-long friendships, set against the backdrop of his one constant - the all enduring love for the aged four legged
Colette Lamberth
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
When an author has written three books featuring a character that you love (Edward Stanton) it was always going to be tough for a character like Carson to compete. In truth I just didn't particularly care for him and it was only his relationship with his dog Hector that endeared him to me and I can imagine that any dog owners reading this will feel a strong connection to Carson. That said, I completely surprised myself by being moved to tears by the story. The last quarter of the book was in my ...more
Sue Wallace
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Julep Street by Craig Lanchester.
A middle-aged man, an ancient dog, and a new Mustang. A search for sustenance in a battered America.
This was a lovely read. I loved the story and the characters. Bought tears to my eyes. 5*. Tbc on fb.
Audrey Gibson
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Craig Lancaster is one of my favourite authors and I always get a little over excited when he has a new book coming out. This one did not disappoint, I loved it. Carson has lost his job and he is devastated because its his life and all that he knows. He decides to take a road trip with his beloved, old dog, Hector and he has a few ups and down, to easy the least. I laughed and cried throughout the book, the authors humour is infectious. A must read in my opinion.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I haven't yet read this author's Edward series (I have them on my TBR) I have read This is What I Want, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Unlike that book which took me a little while to get into, I hit the ground running with this one and it wasn't long before I was totally immersed in Carson's life and his journey as described herein.
Carson works in the newsprint industry. An industry on the decline with many small papers folding, merging or being swallowed up by city newspapers. We join hi
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant characterisation, truth and honesty plus wit and warmth are at the heart of this new book by Craig Lancaster. As with many readers I first encountered Lancaster's work when he introduced us to Edward, an endearing and instantly memorable man, I would thoroughly recommend those books if you haven't read them already!!
In this book we meet Carson, a newspaper man through and through, a man burdened with troubles from his past and in the present. When economic changes impact on the paper
Misfits farm
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Craig writes about characters. Good old fashioned earthy ones with a heart and maybe a quirk or two. I loved Edward (If you haven’t read them then maybe you should - everyone should!). Carson has lost his job at the newspaper and has been asked to manage the museum that will take it’s place. For some reason known only to himself, he has started shoplifting, just the odd item. that he can well afford. His companion and the one that truly understands him is his dog Hudson(any dog owner will know t ...more
Karen Carter
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
We meet Carson at a point when life as he knows it reaches the point of no return and unravels seemingly out of his control. He is clearly suffering from depression at points but this novel is not without humour. The relationship between Carson and his dog is representative of what is happening and part of what makes the reader identify with Carson - whatever choices he is making! The book also makes you think as it reflects on the loss of traditional and much loved industries as we continue int ...more
Samantha Borthwick
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, well written and I loved Carson and Hector.
Ann Borthwick
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, i did find it a bit slow however it gave me time to absorb what had gone on.
Monica Mac
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my very first Craig Lancaster book (I know, I know, I am very late to the party) and it certainly won't be my last!

Carson is a newspaper man, he has been for more years than he can remember. Bit by bit, the newspaper he works for downsizes in all sorts of subtle and not-so-subtle ways until finally the owner of the paper shuts it down. What does Carson do with himself, and his friends and colleagues too?

This was a real "thinker" of a book. It was easy to put myself in Carson's shoes - a
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was fifteen percent in to the book on my kindle before I started getting into it. The passion I was looking for, the outrage, of being fired from a lifetime of service at a newspaper finally arrived and came spewing out in a rant to an idiot of a radio announcer. The author’s MC takes a while to get into as well. And while you can’t entirely warm to him, there’s no denying his admirable qualities, one of which is the ability to champion causes that need championing and to give a voice to issue ...more
Louise Beech
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Julep Street, Craig Lancaster’s seventh novel, is a beautiful American masterpiece. I read it slowly and carefully, savouring every word, and escaping my humdrum bus trip to work via Carson’s far less humdrum expedition through post-redundancy life.

Carson’s world collapses when his fifteen-year newspaper career ends abruptly. The journey he takes following this crisis is physical, spiritual and emotional. He is forced to assess not only who he truly is, but in many ways why he is. Along with de
Sue Purbrick
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have first-up to admit to huge bias: I am a huge Craig Lancaster fan (Edward is my hero), trained as a journalist, a bit of a cynic and a dog-lover. So what was not to love about Julep Street!! I adored it. I was in awe of Lancaster’s effortless prose. His incredibly taut writing is nonetheless poetic; each word perfectly chosen and each sentence beautifully crafted. No surprise to find out he’s a journalist! And this book draws on his knowledge of journos, newsrooms and newspaper owners. It i ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to warm to the character of Carson and, to be honest, I didn't particularly even like him for the majority of the book. The brilliance of Craig Lancaster's writing, however, drew me in and before I knew it I was immersed in the lives of Carson and his beloved and faithful dog, Hector.

'Julep Street' made me laugh and it made me cry. Beautifully written, it is one man's journey of love, hope, despair and everything in between. Craig Lancaster writes with the humour and depth of
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book, reeled me in and kept me wanting to read every moment I had the chance. There were many twists and turns in this book comparable to what we all face in life. His beloved dog Hector, his job now gone, and a new mustang...confusion ensues. After many different reactive behaviors, eventually comes clarity. This book is definitely an example how we can become so wrapped up in our lives, and that we think that our professions are who we are, that they define our worth in life; so not ...more
Deborah Woods
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read all the Edward books and as a result was looking forward to reading this. Julep Street did not disappoint. I love Craig Lancasters wonderfully observant, beautifully written style. I could relate to the enduring, long standing relationship between Carson and Hector as I am sure many dog owners will. It is a story that tugs at the emotions and I found myself laughing and at times sad as I read and accompanied Carson on his road trip. This a a thoughtful book and with all of this autho ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've been reading all of Lancaster's books in the last 6 months or so. I started with 600 Hours of Edward and absolutely loved it. Read the rest of the Edward books and found them great. Summer Son and Hugo Hunter were well written, although I didn't like the characters as well. This one was the first stinker in the bunch, in my opinion. I don't think the writing was as good as his previous efforts, and I didn't like the main character. Not sure what to say beyond that; I'll definitely read othe ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, Craig cetainly writes a fantastic character driven novel! Carson McCullough loses his way in life after the abrupt ending of his career and goes on a road trip with his faithful companion Hector the labrador to find some answers.

Carson is not a particularly likeable character but I did sympathise with him and his increasingly rash decisions provided some comic relief in what was at times an intense story.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another beautifully crafted book by Craig Lancaster, which I was totally immersed in from start to finish. The characterisation is, as always, sublime. The story is packed with prose that provoked every emotion in me. The relationship between Carson and Hector is one of the best I've come across in any book, ever!
I absolutely love this book, so much so that I already want to read it again! My favourite book of the year so far.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very average fare sadly. The story of a newspaper man who has his life turned upside down when the owner decides to close down. It was difficult to feel anything for the main character. His relationship with his dog was the best part of this novel. I have read all of this authors “Edward” books and loved them all. This has neither the heart nor the lighthearted nature I loved so much. Shame really
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Craig Lancaster is fabulous at drawing you into a book with his immense talent at in depth character writing . To be honest I didn't particularly like Carson for most of this book and it is the authors talents that kept me reading . A thought provoking funny and sad book. My thanks to tbc reviewers for allowing me to read and review this . 4.5 stars
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Written by a former Billings, Montana newspaperman this book tells the story of a similar character in Kentucky who learns that his job is being eliminated and the newspaper he works for is closing. The downward spiral is documented as he battles with his wish to continue in the field and the realization that newspapers are not what they used to be.
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carson McCullough is struggling to accept the sudden change of events in his (now seemingly future-less) life. He is confronted with losing his beloved job as a journalist, the ageing and deterioration of his dog, and also midlife crisis to top it all off. This is all a very distressing experience for him with no easy solution in mind. On a sudden impulse, he splurges on a Mustang and sets off on a journey. His road trip is a quite dark, sometimes funny yet eye-opening experience, with his depre ...more
Not as good as the Edward series, just alright. As much as I loved Edward, I didn't really like Carson's character. Biggest takeaway, and one that I'd say to a person who's anything like him, "It is what it is. Things happen for a reason, so move on already!"
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Craig Lancaster writes and writes so we can read and read. This tale of the dark side of one newspaper editor’s forced retirement veers from brutally funny to achingly sad. One cannot wonder how close Lancaster has come to capturing the truth of careers shattered by investor greed, etc.
Wes F
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 5th Craig Lancaster read. Enjoyed this book about a middle-aged man & his reactions to having the newspaper he worked at for 25+ years be closed down rather abruptly. Interesting character development & story development. ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who wouldn't like a book about a man and his dog? True to life story about a middle aged man trying to get his life back on track and how life doesn't always go as planned. Well written and recommended!
Sean Morrison
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book. Heartfelt and honest.
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When Craig Lancaster moved to Montana in 2006, at the age of 36, it was the realization of a dream he’d harbored since childhood, one that he figured had been overtaken by events, as so many dreams are.

“I have these incredibly vivid memories of visiting Montana with my folks on family vacations, and following my dad, an itinerant laborer who worked in the oil and gas fields of the West when I was

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