'Even the anticipation of boobs excited me more than playing with them. Maybe that's life right there.' A young warehouseman, his promising football career cut short by injury, counts flanges, valves and couplings for a living. He longs for the warmth and women of the office, but the prostitutes who hang around the high-rise are easier to deal with. Drink provides relief, if not escape, and probably the last thing he should dream of becoming is a writer, but then he buys himself a note pad and pen. This debut novel by Neil Campbell, author of the short story collections Broken Doll and Pictures From Hopper, is a moving and darkly comic meditation on the challenge of trying to realise dreams in a harsh and unfair world. Praise for Neil Campbell's work 'A vital writer, in touch with people and the natural and constructed worlds around us.' - Nicholas Royle 'Everyone who takes contemporary fiction seriously will want to read and re-read this book.' - Andrew Biswell 'The dialogue is note perfect and has a studied, savage banality.' - Paul Magrs 'These are stories not of love but of need and they ache with truth; they are as eerie and lonely as any Hopper painting.' - Nuala Ni Chonchuir Neil Campbell writes, "I wrote this book after labouring through a Creative Writing PHD in Northumberland. I wrote it fast. Back on home turf, this novella burst out of me like an animal." Download it now.
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Used availability for Neil Campbell's Sky Hooks
October 2016 : UK Paperback
October 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition