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The Quarry

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Halls' stories show that even in zero-hour, austerity-battered Britain, the tenderness and warmth of human connection exists.The Quarryis, in the end, a testament to this messy truth - how love, hate, hope and fear have always lived on the same street'GLEN BROWN, author ofIronopolis

You can see it in them; all that anger inside, it's toxic. Throw some drink into it and
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 13th 2020 by Dialogue Books
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Nigel
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In brief - I really enjoyed this set of short stories - dark, vivid, interesting. 4.5/5

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The blurb about this book intrigued me. A series of interconnected short stories about men on a west London estate. The variety of topics here struck me as interesting and seemed to indicate something more real than some stories I read. Right from the start this felt like authentic writing to me and the characters in the stories were vivid in the main.

Set in west London these stories are generally
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Lou
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Quarry is an original, urgent and unique collection of short stories depicting the trials and tribulations of working-class men living on the rundown Quarry Lane housing estate in West London and is a topical, timely and all too necessary book. It captures the abject poverty some of these people are subjected to and austerities role in proliferating the damage done to both families and the wider community. But government cutbacks aren't the only theme discussed in these tales as they explore ...more
Louise
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A series of connecting stories that packs quite the punch. The quarry seems lime the sort of estate not everyone wants to live in,little money,low paid jobs,no prospects,a pub always full of drinkers. In other hands it might be slightly depressing,but this read as a great slice of life for many characters. Halls is one to look out for in future I think.
Laura
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and publisher Dialogue Books in exchange for an honest review.

I am not usually a fan of adult contemporary books in general. There's nothing wrong with them but it's very rare for one to catch my eye. The Quarry stood out to me because it focused exclusively on telling stories of men living in a desperately poor and unpleasant area. I had no idea of what to expect but I am so glad I took the chance and picked this up.

Halls' writing is truly
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Siobhan
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Quarry is a collection of short stories all told by men and centred around a housing estate in West London. The Quarry Lane estate is a pretty generic estate: dodgy pub, club that changes name, bookies, and people dealing with lost families, addiction, sexuality, and relationships. The stories are all centred around the estate and the people who live there, with locations and people straying across stories and building up a picture both of modern Britain and of the different ways people from ...more
Rachel Slocombe
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
You can see it in them; all that anger inside, it's toxic.
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The Quarry is a series of interconnected short stories about men living in a council estate in West London. The overarching theme is one of toxic masculinity. There is love here too though, and grief.
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An excellent book which gives a voice to the working classes, who are rarely the heroes of fiction.
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Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy for review.
Ellie
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A series of interconnected stories about men who live on a council estate in Greater London, these stores are sad, touching, full or hope but expressing the hopelessness many men feel. The story, “Kate”, in particular, nearly had me crying in public
Sylvia
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sorry this book was not for me, I didn't like the dialogue or the way it was written. Its just a personal opinion others would probably love it.
Angie
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A series of linked short stories provide a variety of perspectives on life in The Quarry. Halls skilfully captures the zeitgeist through the lens of disaffected youth and toxic masculinity amidst deprivation and lack of opportunity. Despite the darkness of the novel, there are moments of warmth and humanity. His characters are vivid and I loved all of them, even the shady ones. The writing is vibrant, the stories expertly woven together. I thought it was great AND it's given me the gift of Arab ...more
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