Scottish Books Long Weekend




Freight Books
FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781908754455
RRP: £8.99
PAGES: 288
PUBLICATION DATE: March 28, 2014


Indecent Acts

By (author) Nick Brooks

An extraordinary achievement and change of direction for Brooks, in this, his third novel. Reported entirely by the protagonist, Grace, a semi-illiterate 40-something mother from Drumchapel, one of Glasgow’s most notorious schemes, this is a story soaked in humour and empathy as we follow Grace’s attempts to hold together her precarious, chaotic family life. Grace cares for Sean, her grandson, and Vincent, her son, who wants to join the army. She lives in fear that Francis, her drug-addicted daughter and mother to Sean, will come back and take the boy away. In the spirit of The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey, the novel is written in Grace’s inimitable misspelt patois, with hilarious and moving effect. Indecent Acts is a glorious exploration of ‘real’ working class life, of family ties and tensions, memory, riotous misadventure and ultimate redemption.

Reviews of Indecent Acts

PRAISE FOR NICK BROOKS'S THE GOOD DEATH: 'Brooks has a good eye for dialogue… a cracking good read' Manchester Evening News 'Brooks's humour is as sharp as one of Kay Scarpetta's scalpels, it slices through a tale that is sometimes disgusting, occasionally bewildering but always absorbing' Louise Welsh PRAISE FOR NICK BROOKS'S MY NAME IS DENISE FORRESTER 'Loads of assurance, buckets of colour, packed with beautifully etched observation and piles of raw honesty – this is a debut that keeps you wide-eyed with admiration – I loved its bravura – a compact gem.' Scotsman 'It's a strange, funny and capricious book – it will make you sad, but it will also make you laugh out loud.' Belfast Telegraph

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