A can of lager, a cigarette and a well-placed scratch. Thus begins David's day. Being a hard geezer on the Buckland estate ain't easy, but David has the crown. He's got the girls, sprogs, flash car and the meanest headbutt in Portsmouth. His days are filled with crime filled sprees to ensure his obese mother has her requisite fags, booze and curry. But even a thug like David has aspirations and his foray into drug-dealing is seen as a step-up. But through a serious of increasingly violent events, David's kingdom erodes, unravels and culminates in an explosive finale. With shades of Clockwork Orange and Trainspotting, new author Charlie Wiltshire gives an unflinching, and often times disturbing, account of life on one of England's most difficult estates. From the details of ‘pulling gear' to the politics of cancer in underclass patients, Buckland Gap asks if society can ever be saved. Even from itself.
Charlie Wiltshire is a budding, middle aged author who has lived most of his life in Portsmouth. He has been married for thirty years and has three grown up children. He hopes that this novel will be the first of many.
This is a very gritty book with a lot of bad language. However, the story is very good and soon begins to draw you in and engross you. I would recommend this book to any adult who does not mind a bit of swearing and violence.
Not for kids, though.