Billy's first novel is a cult classic and his definitive work a creative confession, fourteen years in the writing. This is a semi-autobiographical account of Billy's childhood, growing up in 1960s and 70s Chatham. His father - alcoholic, authoritarian and ever-present though often absent - refers to him as 'Smell' and finds fault with all he does. He is covered in boils, has rotten teeth and is picked on at school by both pupils and teachers. Aged 9, he is abused by a family friend on holiday. He leaves school and goes on to work in the Dockyard before gaining entry to St Martin's through sheer ability (he has no qualifications), where he meets Tracey Emin ('Dolli') and subsequently gets kicked out because of his anti-establishment views. He is a hugely likeable character - under the brash, dysfunctional, rebellious exterior is a polite, gentle, sensitive kid who is ultimately saved by his imagination and creativity.
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This book was initially difficult to get into, like the first time you are intimate with someone. Just like his lyrics, the prose was fiddly and awkward...however once in the groove, I couldn't put ... Read full review