Bold, ballsy and blood-spattered: a fierce debut about boxer boys in the East End of London, from a major new talent Boxing runs in Bobby's blood.
His Irish dad was a boxer. So was his Jewish grandfather. Yanked up by their collars at Clapton Bow Boys Club, taught how to box and stay out of trouble.
So Bobby knows he shouldn't be messing in street brawls a week before his big fight with Connor 'the Gypsy Boy', an Irish traveller from around the way.
They're fighting over Theresa: a traveller girl with Connor's name all over her.
But Bobby's handsome, like his dad; boxer handsome. Set against the backdrop of contemporary East-End London, Boxer Handsome is an unsung hymn to tribal boxing history and to an angry and austere Britain, a community up against itself, 'all fighting a corner; all fighting for space.
All up for a fight.' For Bobby, the ring is everywhere and he can't afford to lose.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 16/01/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780701188306