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Punk Novelette By Nick Gerrard
Follow four friends growing up in the discounted seventies; broken homes, broken town, broken lives. And then Punk arrives... like a hammer blow... giving them a chance to make dreams, a chance to change. The ethos of Punk helps them fight for a life to live despite the crime, the danger; the whole knock you down the pulse of the society arou
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Paperback, 132 pages
Published February 28th 2020 by Breaking rules publishing
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Veronika
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Punk Novelette transports you to the punk era. It feels not like a work of fiction but a diary. It brings the characters to life and draws you in to be a part of the "gang". I immensely enjoyed reading it. ...more
Rose Auburn
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Punk Novelette introduces us to four friends as they grow up in the disenchantment of the late 1970s. All come from fractured backgrounds with, on the face of it, very few prospects. It’s a bleak, hopeless era and then Punk arrives giving the four a sense of purpose and belonging that endures through the highs and lows that stretch over four decades.

I really enjoyed Punk Novelette. It’s a clever, educational and interesting read. The book opens by introducing us to all four protagonists in sepa
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Richard Peters
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Punk Novelette — Nick Gerrard

How do you describe punk? Staccato, punchy, determined, free from convention—anarchic? Those tried and trusted epithets may seem a little stereotypical, but they sometimes encapsulate the truth.

Such it is with Nick’s book. It’s fair to say this is not a nice relaxing read, one to pass on to granny or read to the kids at bedtime. It simply portrays a lifelong fight; a struggle for identity, a search for peace, a need for constant corrections and changes with one unde
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Janita Itaniemi
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who said the COVID-19 limits our possibilities to travel? I took a fantastic trip beyond now and my home couch with this book: Exciting, rough and raw, a world which I am happy to explore, but ideally through a written form. Ultimately a story of passion, thrive and four friends making something out of their lives regardless of hardships and harshness of the world around. Could gulp in the 132 pages of the novelette almost in one read, but it will take much longer to digest everything. A sure si ...more
Sylvia Petter
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book in two goes in lockdown. The first half on understanding punk. What an eye opener! An education on the times, taking me out of my comfort zone and what I knew/thought. The second part I finished today with the riots in America in the news. The whole book started fitting together and I saw punk in a new light, kept thinking Vivienne Westwood, where are they now and how. Bravo! You got me.
David Nunnery
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great novel by Nick G,gives the reader an an insightful, eyewatering account into the under belly of punk life in the 70s and 80s . A drink drug fullled, fast paced narrative woven by the thread of of friendship,politics and music .A must read for those interested in working class counter cultural fiction. Well done Nick looking forward to reading your other stuff.
Aaron Lebold
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very authentic feel as you read about the culture of the punk movement, and how the ideas and beliefs evolve into radical political actions and statements. Get to know the characters and watch them grow without changing their core values. Vagabonds making a living through petty crime while still making strong statements do their best to create change, be it through anarchy or helping those in need by taking a stand against the government. A great read, and a very cool perspective.
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Nick Gerrard is originally from Birmingham but now living in Olomouc where he writes, proof-reads and edits, (Abridged versions of the classics; like Hemmingway and Orwell) and in between looking after his son Joe, edits and designs Jotters United Lit-zine. Nick has been at one time or another a Chef, activist, union organiser, punk rocker, teacher, traveller and Eco-lodge owner in Malawi and Czec ...more

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