The Young Team
The Times top ten bestseller / Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 2021
‘An instant Scottish classic’ – The Skinny
‘A swaggering, incendiary debut’ – Guardian
‘Trainspotting for a new generation’ – Independent
‘Dialect that fizzes off the page’ – Observer
‘One of the most admired young voices in British fiction’ – The Times
2005. Glasgow is named Europe’s Murder Capital, driven by a violent territorial gang and knife culture. In the housing schemes of adjacent Lanarkshire, Scotland’s former industrial heartland, wee boys become postcode warriors.
2004. Azzy Williams joins the Young Team [YTP]. A brutal gang conflict with their deadly rivals, the Young Toi [YTB] begins.
2012. Azzy dreams of another life. He faces his toughest fight of all – the fight for a different future.
Expect Buckfast. Expect bravado. Expect street philosophy. Expect rave culture. Expect anxiety. Expect addiction. Expect a serious facial injury every six hours. Expect murder.
Hope for a way out.
Inspired by the experiences of its author, Graeme Armstrong, The Young Team is an energetic novel, full of the loyalty, laughs, mischief, boredom, violence and threat of life on these streets. It looks beyond the tabloid stereotypes to tell a powerful story about the realities of life for young people in Britain today.
Phenomenal. It's been ages since I read a book so funny, visceral, or powerful. -- David Whitehouse, author of Bed Bright, brittle and boiling with immediacy . . . His work is vivid, dynamic and sharp as a whip. -- Janice Galloway, author of The Trick is to Keep Breathing The Young Team is a book full of guts, power, humour and humanity. -- Kerry Hudson, author of Lowborn It is Trainspotting meets Clockwork Orange in this depiction of gang life in North Lanarkshire . . . it gives us a voice from a place ? geographically and socio-economically ? we don't often hear from. -- John Self * The Times * A riveting debut novel . . . it crackles with teenage energy . . . has already engendered a buzz that many other debut novelists would kill for. * Herald * [A] gripping debut novel . . . he is quite a phenomenon . . . one of the most admired young voices in British fiction. -- Mike Wade * The Times * Raw and lyrical . . . written in a voice that recalls Irvine Welsh and Alan Warner - dialect that fizzes off the page. * Observer * Armstrong's hard-hitting novel is Trainspotting for a new generation. * Independent * The Young Team is a landmark in Scottish literature. It reminds me of Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby. -- Damian Barr, author of Maggie & Me A swaggering, incendiary debut . . . The non-standard English forges a dazzling poetry of its own . . . pitches Armstrong straight into the first division of Scottish writers. -- Jude Cook * Guardian *
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