Happiness is Wasted on Me (Paperback)
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Happiness is Wasted on Me (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 29/10/2020
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Cumbernauld was built to be the town of the future...that is, if the future looked like a really rubbish episode of Doctor Who. It's also home to Walter Wedgeworth, a child stuck in a uniquely dysfunctional family controlled by the tyrannical Fishtank, whose CB Radio aerial is a metal middle finger to all the neighbours on Craigieburn Road. When 11-year-old Walter discovers the corpse of a baby inside a cardboard box, he resolves to ignore it, pretend it didn't happen. He knows the price of being a grass. But the child's fate haunts Walter, bringing him into conflict with the world around him. Walter's journey will lead him from childhood to adulthood; school, college, bereavement, Britpop, his first job, Blackpool, the Spice Girls, feuds with his neighbour, and finally...face-to-face with a child killer. Taking place in the 90s, Happiness Is Wasted On Me is a genre-blending tale that spans a decade in the life of Walter. It's a coming of age tale, a family drama, a mystery, and a biting dark comedy. Ultimately, it's the story of how even the strangest people can find their way in the world.

Publisher: Fledgling Press
ISBN: 9781912280353
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm

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“wasn't able to put it down!”

this is such a weird little book. I went into it expecting a sort of slice of life but ended up getting so much more. the story doesn't stick to one genre and it makes for an emotional rollercoaster. I really... More

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“Excellent Read”

Encore ... more... brilliant writing
A must read!

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“Funny, tense and gripping. And most importantly, set in Cumbernauld!”

This book was absolutely beautifully written and had me hooked from the word go. It really is a stunning look into working-class lives in Scotland in the 90s, which reminded me of books like Young Mungo and Shuggie... More

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