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The Stretch-bookcover

By: Robin Langley

The Stretch

Pages: 202 Ratings: 5.0
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Based on a true story

Each time Rockin tries to book a limo to take him and his friends on a drunken trip to London, they are refused, until one firm informs them that the only way that they would be able to book a limo for six lads was if they were going to a wedding.

They have their answer! By the next day, the limo is booked and the morning suits are hired, even down to the buttonholes.

As the limo passes Birmingham, Marco comes up with an idea and two minutes later he is on the phone to the newspapers. “Yeah, that’s right, the groom's found out that his bride-to-be has slept with one of the ushers. He’s phoned her and she has admitted it!”

Rockin is nominated to be the groom but in real life is dating a beautiful blonde Catholic school teacher. He sits in the plush surroundings of the Savoy hotel dreading the phone call he was going to have to make, asking her if he could be a fake groom and appear in the Sunday Sport newspaper.

Two scruffy-looking men walk into the bar; one has a camera slung over his shoulder. The time has come: Rockin has to make the call.

Robin Langley was born in Chester in 1969 but was brought up on a hill farm in Wales. He was fascinated by hairdressing from the age of six when his mother used to go to the hairdressers. After working in Greece as a hairdresser and back-packing around the Middle East and China, he started to work for an ex-colleague who brought out his wilder side.

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  • Elena Hookway

    The Stretch reads like (and might be) an autobiographical account of six young men engaged in something akin to a debauched bachelor party, with the spine of the tale being how Rockin uses his fake jilted groom persona to persuade a bevy of lascivious women to give him special favors.

    I enjoyed the book. It’s a rapid and easy read and although none of the individual characters are particularly sympathetic, you can’t help but want to turn to the next page and find out what trouble they might get into next.
    The story reminded me of The Hangover movie, or an extended episode of Men Behaving Badly, and has hints of the lad lit of writers like Nick Hornby and Tim Lott. Overall it’s an enjoyable read and a diverting way to spend two or three hours.

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