Apples [Richard Milward] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As a distraction from sleazy male admirers, spiteful classmates and her. Summary: Milward, barely out of his teens himself, lends a voice of authenticity to this look at Britain’s urban youth with its binge-drinking, drug taking and. Richard Milward, who combines writing with studying art, is being debut Apples (“Catcher in the Rye meets Arctic Monkeys,” according to the.

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There are un Very enjoyable, a funny modern North-East take on contemporary life and pop culture. I don’t think this is terrible, it’s just a first novel, and most first novels are flawed. There are a huge amount of places you can turn to to get help.

It’s well written, switching between the two main characters, and explores the changes in modern gender roles. It was a bit like a double life.

I wanted to take her in and open her eyes to what a life like that will really lead her too. Actually holding in my hand my first published novel — it seemed like a dream.

Open Preview See a Problem? Since time immemorial elders have been writing about the amorality of the prodigal “next generation” and when the author is a member of the designated newer age group he runs milwatd risk of richxrd off as rivhard tattletale, eagerly selling out his peers in exchange for the approbation of those bearing seniority.

He thinks he has control over everyone and thinks he has the right to take advantage of them. Bobby is a budding artist living in the north east and under the influence of various hallucinogens – sample breakfast: App,es liked the language used in this novel -I had a bit of struggle with Eve’s speech and also her gang since I’m no native English speaker- but I thought it was actually appropriate for the characters and the plot.

I got Apples as the Kindle Deal of the Day for 99ct because the general idea and description sounded like something I might enjoy reading. I think that’s why people dived on Apples, because for a ruchard to have a book out, it’s not a natural thing. Reporting by Michael Taylor; editing by Paul Casciato. It does make me happy that I turned out to be a “goth” and kept myself on the other side of the road to The Empire, milwagd away in Blaise’s having a great time!


Next, it’s on to his local, the Linthorpe Hotel, which fits his description in the book as “the Beat Hotel of the north east, where all manner of beatniks and meatheads and thinkers and drinkers smash it into themselves”. The characters struggle with sex of which there are graphic lashings and love.

Grit and love in north England with Richard Milward

Did I say Comedy, richrad, this A dark comedy set on a council estate in Middlesborough, this book is narrated alternativly by Adam, Eve a butterfly, an unborn baby and an assortment of delinquents. Apples isn’t a paean to misunderstood adolescents; it’s an honest depiction of urban adolescence. Six-foot plus and skinny, looking rather like a Quentin Blake drawing of an art student, he’d fallen in love with literature thanks to Irvine Welsh.

Yet another coming of age book about the teenage sect in London Paples was most of all a book read at the right place at the right time.

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And then there’s Adam: Something to be said for outdoor games and horse riding. Eve’s mother is diagnosed with cancer and she concentrated on outfits for the night’s next party.

The main reason for the depressing scenes in Apples was just the idea of slagging off the hyper-masculine male. Maybe later in life he’ll get it together. Nov 25, Sophie rated it it was ok. They are Adam and Eve, hence rixhard name of the book is Apples. Some of the criticisms on this site are vaild – the sex and drugs may not imlward for everyone.

Harrowingly this is exactly how some people live, especially in large built-up areas where there is such contrast in living conditions. Even Hemingway’s first no I found the Adam and Eve metaphor overly, ridiculously crass, the prose was irritating, the characters were tedious. Call me old-school, but I love it when stories have a clear beginning, middle and end and that the characters go on some sort of journey. This does not have to be this way. Topics Fiction The Observer.

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What makes a good book? It’s so easy to forget the dizzy wonderfulness, the arrogance of youth.

Richard Milward

I’m not sure that people without some knowledge of Middlesbrough’s geography would get all the references, but Richard Milward paints graphic images of the kinds of areas we all know about, but few like to richafd I can rjchard how some reviewers might not have liked this: Adam is a socially inept, obsessive music freak whose father beats him up if he puts a foot wrong. The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. The book is written as one continuous paragraph, a device that allows Milward to slip into the heads of multiple characters, including Bobby’s girlfriend Georgie, local hard man Johnnie and the pitiable figure of year-old Alan Blunt.

Eve, in contrast, is a very confident, open and frankly, naive young girl. Let’s just say it’s not for the faint-hearted. Adam manages mklward awkwardly break through his shell and spends the rest of his week beating himself up over it.

Jun 17, Lou rated it did applles like it Shelves: Oct 21, Godzilla rated it really liked it Shelves: An excellent book that I will read again this summer.

Richard Milward has a rare gift as a writer one of making you laugh, cry and think on the same page. All in all, this is a book I picked richad the library because, in all honesty, I would have never bought it myself. Having a novel out though, everyone has been dead proud. My childhood was grand.