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Awaydays It's 1979 and in Birkenhead smack and Maggie Thatcher are still less of an issue than Lois jeans and Adidas Forest Hills training shoesFor Paul Carty 19 and his mystical Joy Division loving mate Elvis life revolves around The Pack a mob of violent Tranmere Rovers supporters Carty and Elvis travel the Northern wastelands always by train causing mayhem in the 'woollyback' strongholds of Halifax Crewe and Chesterfield For most of the mob The Pack is their reason for living But Elvis who loves Ezra Pound and Carty still getting over the death of his mother are starting to get bored of it allThe uestion is will the Pack let them go And can they get by without each other

10 thoughts on “Awaydays

  1. says:

    This is by far the most literary of the hoolie oriented books I've read The author Kevin Sampson for those of you who might know remember care was the manager of the band The Farm Yup those rascally Liverpudlians who meshed footballterrace culture with social issues and infectious dance beats At any rate Sampson weaves a tale of hooligans who support Tranmere Rovers in the late

  2. says:

    Look yeah I thought this would be entertaining I don't know that I thought it would be good but definitely entertainingSo when I wrote on the inside cover 'like Trainspotting but with Birkenhead casuals? Or like kinda like Catcher in the Rye according to one Goodreads review' I meant it as a complimentAnd now I'm trying to pay it a compliment I mean at least it was short?It tried t

  3. says:

    The main themes of this book are thuggery the sex obsessions of an 18 year old image consciousness and as with Freshers see drink and drugs bingeing The main character is a middle class A level drop out who for reasons not entirely clear falls into this lifestyle in some sort of uest for self affirmation following the death of his mother from cancer It is not explored much beyond the

  4. says:

    First I saw the movie Awaydays which I liked a lot Especially the amazing soundtrack; Ultravox Joy Division Echo Bunneyman The Cure etc I kept in mind the movie was filmed by Sampson's novel So I bought the bookWhere the movie is a bit dramatic and depressing the book is graphic and detailled Especially main character CartyA lot of details about graphic fights and trips to rival football

  5. says:

    Found this book by accident really was searching you tube for the one and only blood tub pub which is sadly no and found the film version of this and then ordered the book Took it with me on a recent stay in hospital and got one word for it fabulousThought provoking and painfully honest Was rather intense reading though so couldnt read it in one go took me a few days to finish which is unusua

  6. says:

    Pointless jobs Pointless lives Work Television Football I look across to Wales and I think that the hills are nice I'll go over there one day and just sit there for a whole day and see no one and not say a word That'll be good But right now I just feel badYou can't leave

  7. says:

    Sampson manages several things at once in this slim novel set in the suburbs of Liverpool over the course of the final six weeks of 1979 The story follows Paul a middle class late teen with a government job who lives at home with his decent father and younger sister His self identity is wrapped up in his affiliation with a crew of hooligans who support an awful third division club His struggle to ingr

  8. says:

    I read Kevin Sampson's Freshers a good few years back when I was listening to John Peel at the weekends and trying to live the student lifestyle despite not being a student and I really enjoyed it I'm not sure why I never read anything else of his at the time but it kinda feels now like I've missed the boat Awaydays is a decent read but it really just feels like the same story only with football casuals i

  9. says:

    Basically a book about birkenhead scallies Well wriiten though

  10. says:

    Particularly interesting if you're from the local area

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About the Author: Kevin Sampson

Kevin Sampson is the author of seven novels Awaydays Powder Leisure Outlaws Clubland Freshers and most recently Stars are Stars and a work of non fiction Extra Time He lives and works in Liverpool