The Manchester Trilogy: Book 3 - Manchester Trilogy (Paperback)Neil Campbell (author)
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The third part of Neil Campbell's Manchester Trilogy, in which our struggling young writer finds love with a girl called Cho. Where a love song to Manchester becomes a love song to Cho.
Lanyards explores how the jobs we wear around our necks dictate the ways we are identified.
Building on the previous novel in the trilogy, Zero Hours, our protagonist finds himself on universal credit, taking agency jobs, moving from learning support work in schools and colleges to call centre jobs and back again, via a failed attempt at getting a job as a driver on the Metrolink tram network.
Lanyards portrays the comic and poignant moments of working life. All the time reflecting back on the football career the narrator might have had were he not injured, his life as a writer, his experiences of being in a mixed race couple with the Hong Kong born Cho, the Manchester Arena bombing, the continuing success of his beloved Manchester City, the child sex abuse scandals in football, the disparities of wealth in contemporary Britain, and the death of a childhood friend that continues to haunt him.
Publisher: Salt Publishing
Number of pages: 144
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm
And yet, there is something within the tale that burrows into the mind of the reader - a spark of malcontent that demands attention. Within the ordinary life portrayed is a vibrancy, an insistence that good writing is worth pursuing. As readers we can be thankful that such attitudes persist amongst those whose voices should be heard.-- Jackie Law * Neverimitate *
Campbell writes with great compassion and humour about relationships, friends and family, people the narrator meets in the pub, students he supports, some work mates. It's hard to explain why all this is so compelling but it just is. Other reviews I've read call his style 'authentic' and I can't better that. You can recognise a real life here. It's not showy. There's just a little tub thumping - see above - but I felt that a kind of tenderness for others and a humorous view of life is being revealed all the time.* Altrincham Word Fest *
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