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Samhain is a young, angry and bewildered squatter living in an abandoned hotel in the North of England. One day he receives a message: his father - a man he never knew - was an undercover policeman infiltrating the Green movement in the 80s. What's more, he finds out that he too is now a father.

Sam leaves for Europe, pursuing freedom and fleeing his responsibilities: but
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Paperback, 285 pages
Published July 27th 2017 by Dead Ink Books
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Marc Nash
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many years ago I read Doris Lessing's The Good Terrorist about a Left-Wing terrorist cell living in a squat. It threw in every lazy cliché and caricature you could possibly imagine. What separates Lessing's feeble novel from Bradley's, apart from being about anarchists rather than Trotskyites, is its authenticity. You can smell the decay of houses left to rot and opened up and repurposed by squatters; the smell of Crusty Punk bands in cramped tour vans with no money and sleeping on floors and ...more
David Cundall
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SJ Bradley takes us into Samhain's world of squats, transient relationships and the aftermath of an almost rootless childhood. His character is carefully and sparingly drawn. The author's sympathetic portrayal of Samhain's character ensures that the reader stays with him, as do a few real friends who believe in him. He lurches from one crisis to the next, despite his tendency, sometimes almost comical, to sabotage his life and others. The tragic consequences of the duplicity of undercover police ...more
Carrie
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guest tells the story of Samhaim, a punk squatter living in Bradford and looking forward to touring Europe with his band. After enjoying a responsibility-free life, things start to change and he finds out the truth about who his father really was and the sort of person he really wants to be.
I enjoyed this book so much - the style of writing really captured the DIY punk scene and all the different characters that belong to it, and the insight into the politics of the 80s green movement was
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Yvonne
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Samhain as he reaches a crisis point in his life. Yes he is an adult but he needs to be an adult. He needs to learn that his actions have consequences and that peoples feeling are important. He needs to learn to take on responsibilities instead of ignoring them or running away.

In someways Samhain is immature and he has never really got to grips with taking a more responsible role. He has lived in squats and with his band has done music gigs around Europe. He has a more
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Katie
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A very satisfying read - following a young man at a critical point in his life, where he has to decide whether or not to grow up.
The author portrays the different scenes Samhain inhabits very authentically, putting you in his shoes. It was also a delight to be transported back to the early 2000s - to MySpace and the evolution of mobile phones!
Linda
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting subject matter but not a very interesting story, sadly. Doesn’t really go anywhere. Some nice turns of phrase along the way.
Sadie
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Solid. Good characterisation - believable story. Well written.
Dan
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. The final chapter was absolute perfection. Highly recommended.
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SJ Bradley is a writer from Leeds, UK, whose short fiction has been published in the US and UK, including by Comma Press. She is a K Blundell Trust Award winner, a Saboteur Award winner for her work on Remembering Oluwale, and was shortlisted for the Willesden Herald Prize.

Her first novel, Brick Mother, was published in 2014 by Dead Ink Books, and was shortlisted for the Gladstone Writers in
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