Born to be Mild a book by Dave Armitage
Added: (Tue Mar 14 2006)
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Born to be Mild by Shropshire-born Dave Armitage is a book that is both hard hitting and also eminently hilarious.
From page one of the novel, you know you are in for a wild and fantastic ride. In fact, Dave's in your face writing style takes a grip of you and refuses to let go.
It tells the story of Paul Dunn. Aged 11 in the Christmas of 1969, and living in what became Telford New Town (remember the slogan? "Telford New Town, Your Opportunity?")
The novel is honest and raw, yet written as smoothly as a pint of best bitter. Paul returns to Hadley, a village subsumed by the greedy maw of Telford for a funeral. He meets his former nemesis Jimmy Hunt. From schoolboy bully to helpless quadriplegic (a result of a display of bravado that went tragically wrong) but Paul honestly reveals that he feels no sympathy for Hunt. Is there even a hint of grim satisfaction? Perhaps so.
The novel is also filled with the type of rude awakenings that bedevil us in "real life." After 30 years he meets Belinda, the unattainable woman of his dreams. Sadly she seems to have gone from a size 12 to a 55. Wellington to Hadley Arriva bus, that is.
And the times they are a-changing. Donny Osmond is a granddad, Slade a distant memory and you can't buy Aztec bars, anymore. The book is what one might have once described as rather racy. And it's all the better for that. Follow Paul Dunn aka Dunny as he progresses through life at breakneck speed. And there are some pretty stunning secrets that Dunny would rather not become public knowledge...
The book is published by Hot Air Publishers, at £7.99. It is available from the Wellington News Shop, 2 Crown Street, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 1LP and can be ordered from all good book shops. The ISBN is 0-9552466-0-1