Stephen Thompson's brave story centres on the plight of Gabriel Powers, a man who finds himself in a hostel for addicts after the most frightening flight from Hackney and the world of crime he grew up in. For Gabriel to come to terms with his addiction, he must first confront his demons, and although his hostel worker and lover Marcia is there to help him, the journey to back to the wastelands of West London is harrowingly and brilliantly recreated. Painful, acutely honest and based on the author's own experiences, Toy Soldiers is a fine and brave debut by a brilliant new voice.The piano player loses heart and closes the lid on his out-of-tune instrument. ... Instead we all watched as the two Yardies walked up to Pot-Belly Dave at the counter and ordered two shots of brandy. ... Brick asked me what I would do. I hesitated a second then told him. ... Apparently hea#39;d armed himself with an M16, crossed the a#39;bordera#39; into opposition territory (a shanty-town neighbouring his own ), then set about kicking in doors and ... Befriend the natives, gain their trust, then strike.
|Publisher||:||Hachette UK - 2012-06-07|