Out on 8 September:
Just a Small Town by Paul Linggood
A small town that could be anywhere – industry dead, streets in decline, many have left, while those left behind take short-term joy in drugs. Four young people are among the left behind.
Alex needs to escape his abusive father, and heroine consumes him. Jim wears a mask to conceal the torment of the friend he didn’t save. Chelsi’s brother killed a local boy, and ostracism pushes her towards a rival gang, prostitution and loneliness. Danny is a hustler but needs protection from the drug gang that supplies him.
Can any of them survive the addiction, gang life, isolation and manipulation. Their small town that could be anywhere.
"Brings a feral world to life." Helen Marshall, The Migration
“Compulsive reading.” Mick Finlay, The Arrowood Mystery Series
“Each helpless soul, from the middle-aged labourers down the pub, to the hustling teenagers, down to the addicts and prostitutes on the street, are woven together by one common denominator of hard drugs.” Stephen Scarcliffe, The Chemical Estate series
Paul Langgood dropped out of school at age 16, and life took him, for a spell, to the dark side he describes in his novel. Paul now has a degree in English Literature and an MA in creative writing.