The Cut

The Cut

Anthony Cartwright

Anthony Cartwright

The Cut is a Brexit novel. The story offers a fictional response to a complex issue. It is also a plot-driven page-turner by one of the most exciting novelists in the country.Cairo Jukes, a boxer from Dudley, supports himself on zero-hour contracts. He has grown up among the canals – or the cuts – that web the Black Country like the open veins of an old industrial order. Then he meets Grace, a successful documentary film maker from London.The Cut will not put you at ease. It describes a relationship built on misunderstandings, intolerance and guilt – one where each side desires something that the other cannot give.'Writing The Cut made me understand that we live in a country where we see prejudice in others but not in ourselves. This is a lesson that I, and my two characters Cairo and Grace, have tried to learn, with varying levels of success. It is a hard lesson for us all.' Anthony Cartwright:Why Peirene chose to commission this...
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Heartland

Heartland

Anthony Cartwright

Anthony Cartwright

It is Spring 2002, with local elections looming. A mosque is being built on the site where Cinderheath's iconic steelworks once dominated the town. 'The Tipton Three', from just down the road, are imprisoned in Guantanomo; the BNP expect to win new seats on the council. St. George's flags fly from cars and windows: the World Cup is beginning, England to play Argentina. But first, a controversial Sunday-league football game must take place, billed by the press as 'a match to spark a race war'.
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How I Killed Margaret Thatcher

How I Killed Margaret Thatcher

Anthony Cartwright

Anthony Cartwright

Judas Iscariot's here, look. Here comes Judas Iscariot. Nine-year-old Sean has never seen anything like what happens on the day Margaret Thatcher takes power and his grandad discovers his uncle voted for her. So begins the start of a family secret and the end of Sean's idyllic childhood in the industrial Midlands - until, one day, deciding that someone's got to stop the train of destruction, he sets out for revenge. A heartbreaking and timely story of a moment of national crisis as felt by one family, How I Killed Margaret Thatcher delivers a devastating English twist on the dictator novel.
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Iron Towns

Iron Towns

Anthony Cartwright

Anthony Cartwright

The Iron Towns: once the furnace heart of industrial England, before that farmed and toiled over, before that green and deep-forested, a place of folk legends. Now the old docks and cranes and steelworks are rusting away, and the town's once great football club with them. Liam Corwen grew up here, and is playing out his career at Irontowns FC. The club's history rests on his shoulders; in some ways, the history of football itself does too, tattoos of the game's greatest players etched all over Liam's body. But it is his own past that drags him down. Twenty years ago he and his friends had life stretching ahead of them: dreams of stardom, young marriages, money in their pockets. Twenty years ago two devastating events halted their youth abruptly; now they must finally face up to the past.Iron Towns tells the story of Liam, his friends and his generation, and their place in an old, forgotten England. But it is also a sweeping, magisterial novel about the...
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