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A can of lager, a cigarette and a well-placed scratch. Thus begins David's day. Being a hard geezer on the Buckland estate ain't easy, but David has the crown. He's got the girls, sprogs, flash car and the meanest headbutt in Portsmouth. His days are filled with crime filled sprees to ensure his obese mother has her requisite fags, booze and curry. But even a thug like David has aspirations and his foray into drug-dealing is seen as a step-up. But through a serious of increasingly violent events, David's kingdom erodes, unravels and culminates in an explosive finale. With shades of Clockwork Orange and Trainspotting, new author Charlie Wiltshire gives an unflinching, and often times disturbing, account of life on one of England's most difficult estates. From the details of pulling gear' to the politics of cancer in underclass patients, Buckland Gap asks if society can ever be saved. Even from itself.

270 pages, Paperback

Published November 30, 2016

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Author 31 books206 followers
February 4, 2017

Buckland Gap, by author Charles Wiltshire, is a contemporary fiction based on the real-life depiction of a culture in Portsmouth, England. It is a tough and challenging read because it walks the reader, mercilessly and without apology, through the front door of the life of David, a twenty-two year-old street thug and criminal, who lives in the projects, government subsidized-housing, and whose entire existence is based on a criminal mentality that he, and others like him, are entitled. The level of hatred toward others, immigrants, people of color, even those from other parts of Britain, is difficult to imagine - but as one reads, it becomes painfully tangible and real. Living in this sub-strata, where most of the people do not work, live on welfare, and where young girls starting at the age of fourteen and fifteen opt to have multiple children from fathers they neither care about or will ever live with, just to be able to collect government subsidization in order to support their vices, drugs and alcohol, is not only sad, but horrifying to see that human beings elect to live this way. Buckland Gap is very relevant to our society and quite contemporary, as it discusses Brexit and the view of this welfare and criminal class who see the government as a betrayal and a system which does not care for them, in spite of their refusal to work and support it. David is an angry man, driven by his uncontrollable rage and compulsion to impose harm on others, to steal, to abuse and sexually manipulate women, and oddly, if not even ironically, he never sees that any of the horrible things he does to others, is bad, nor does he ever feel any conscious empathy for another human being. He is the epitome of a sociopath, and in truth, this book is an open forum on the criminal mind and how people who refuse to work and contribute to society fall into step with the criminal mind, those who gladly steal from others, who consider themselves to be respectable and even elitist and who hate others who are successful in life. This quotation serves to reflect the mentality of this brutal, lost and terribly misguided human being: "The anger was growing. He could not help wondering how long it would be before riots started. This brought a smile to his face; he was actually looking forward to the day when civil order broke down in England. He felt sure that the hard geezers like him would be in control then."
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September 27, 2017
Very brutal in parts but well worth reading. The ending was most enjoyable.
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December 16, 2021
Buckland Gap is the debut novel from Charles Stanley Wiltshire and is as gritty and hard-nosed a portrayal of a city’s filthy underbelly as you are ever likely to read. Buckland Gap tells the story of David, a twenty-something thug that lives for nothing more than lager, cigarettes, sex and violence. His lifestyle is funded by unemployment checks and supplemented with random muggings. And as his travails descend into even more despicable acts, his life slowly but surely spirals out of control. Mr. Wiltshire’s novel is set in the English seaside city of Portsmouth; specifically, the Buckland housing estate. And if his depiction of the city is even half way accurate, it will have the city elders cringing with embarrassment and their Office of Tourism shutting their doors. Reading Buckland Gap brought to mind the excellent novel by Kevin Barry, City of Bohane. But, whereas Barry’s Bohane was of a fictional Irish city set in the future, Mr. Wiltshire’s Buckland appears all too real.

Mr. Wiltshire has created a novel of characters you will feel no empathy for; an entire community that believes the rest of the world owes them something, and one in which not one person will ever take responsibility for their actions. For example, “David grinned at this, Kat was right. This country needed hardworking people who paid taxes so that geezers like him did not have to work.” – p.224. You will pray it is not a true reflection of today’s world, but will find many striking examples of a path we have already begun to slide down. You’ll also feel like taking a cleansing shower after turning the last page, but will soon be eagerly anticipating Mr. Wiltshire’s next effort.
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May 11, 2017
Well that was a read and a half. Wow, shocking in parts, do people like that really exist in the UK?
This is a good story with a compelling message, you should all read this it will open your eyes.
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May 11, 2017
Man I love this book. The story is gritty and hard hitting but it is also so very real when it comes to the estates in UK cities today.
Read this and then emigrate, you will want to move afterwards
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February 7, 2017
At first I found this book had going. It is brutal in parts and the language is very naughty.
However as the story developed I realized these things were essential to the general theme.
Towards the end when David's life starts to fall apart I really did start to enjoy the book and the end was just about right.
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January 24, 2017
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BUCKLAND GAP
BY CHARLIE WILTSHIRE

This book is about a poverty stricken area and people who have given up hope. The main character is foul mouth as are almost all the other characters. if this is what it is really like in that part of England that is very sad. I found the book to be depressing story of a hopeless family. I would not recommend it.
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