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Talk of the Town

(2009)
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Awards
desmond elliott prize Best Book (nominee)
It's 1986, the last day of the summer holidays, and Christopher Hearsey is wondering why his best mate Arthur has suddenly disappeared, and whether lippy Gill Ross a few doors down might know anything about it. The great border city of Carlisle is buzzing with rumours following an act of terrible violence, and in order to begin his search Chris must face down his own dread, not only of the consequences of his own actions, but of local big man Booby Grove, and his psychotic sidekick Carl 'the black' Hole, who is keen to settle an old score. Populated by a menacing and hilarious cast of characters, and moving from the dark aggrieved streets of the city to the agricultural hinterland of the Solway Firth, this is the story of a boy desperate to get out of town, out of a bad situation, even out of his own skin. Written with a moving demotic brilliance, reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn, "Talk of the Town" is an exhilarating and terrifying odyssey.

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Hardback Editions

June 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Talk of the Town
Author(s): Jacob Polley
ISBN: 0-330-44544-8 / 978-0-330-44544-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Talk of the Town
Author(s): Jacob Polley
ISBN: 0-330-44545-6 / 978-0-330-44545-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Talk of the Town
Author(s): Jacob Polley
ISBN: 0-330-50993-4 / 978-0-330-50993-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Talk of the Town
Author(s): Jacob Polley
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK