Pity

Pity

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 08/02/2024
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Pity
A sparse and effective debut
A sparse, effective debut novel, Pity looks at a town in South Yorkshire through the eyes of several generations of local men. The a recurring motifs inclu... READ MORE
Tilly at Croydon
Pity
A Strange Provocative Read I Think Everyone Will Find Something Different From
This was a strange read. The author is a published poet so I'm interested to find some of his work, I'm not sure I liked it, but I have discussed it with m... READ MORE
Nicole @hemelwstones

Synopsis

The town was once a hub of industry. A place where men toiled underground in darkness, picking and shovelling in the dust and the sleck. It was dangerous and back-breaking work but it meant something. Once, the town provided, it was important, it had purpose. But what is it now? Brothers Alex and Brian have spent their whole life in the town where their father lived and his father, too. Still reeling from the collapse of his personal life, Alex, is now in his middle age, and must reckon with a part of his identity he has long tried to mask. Simon is the only child of Alex and had practically no memory of the mines. Now in his twenties and working in a call centre, he derives passion from his side hustle in sex work and his weekly drag gigs. Set across three generations of South Yorkshire mining family, Andrew McMillan's short and magnificent debut novel is a lament for a lost way of a life as well as a celebration of resilience and the possibility for change.

  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 9781838858957
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 313g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 22 mm

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Pity
A very strong, cleverly political and innovative novel
This is the debut novel of Andrew McMillan – a Professor and lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and an award winning poet (winner of the Guardi... READ MORE
Graham Fulcher
Pity
One of my reads of the year surely!
'Pity' by Andrew McMillan is a gritty and well written debut. Brothers Alex and Brian have spent their whole life in the town where their father lived a... READ MORE
Melanie Greaves
Pity
Dark as a pit
Pity is marketed as a novel about The Miner’s Strike and when it’s published the media will be analysing its fortieth anniversary. There’s more too to it ... READ MORE
Kev McCready
Pity
Good read.
A short novel, set in Barnsley a mining town, during the Thatcher years of the 70's and 80's. It tells the story of three generations, covering the topics ... READ MORE
Martha Brindley
Pity
A dazzling debut
Brian and Alex are brothers from an ex-mining town. Alex has a son, Simon, who is gay and fully embraces his sexuality with a OnlyFans site where he uplo... READ MORE
Daren Kearl
Pity
interesting and moving
Having lived in South Yorkshire for the last 40 years I'm very aware of the different narratives around mines/miners and the impact of the strikes and the ... READ MORE
jean
Pity
A gritty Yorkshire story.
Pity by Andrew McMillan There are some occurrences which befall a town or city, which are so traumatic, that the psychological scars are far deeper and... READ MORE
Jonathan  Kaye
Pity
A gritty Yorkshire story
Pity by Andrew McMillan There are some occurrences which befall a town or city, which are so traumatic, that the psychological scars are far deeper and... READ MORE
Jonathan  Kaye
Pity
A Poetic Tribute to Barnsley...
The author of this book is the son of the poet Ian McMillan and is also recognised as an award winning poet in his own right so it isn’t surprising that th... READ MORE
Jim Sweetman
Pity
Not to be missed
If I could give this 10 stars then I would! This book has been on my mind for the past few days since I finished it. I have written several reviews in my... READ MORE
Jen1010
Pity
Short, simple, wonderful
Barnsley is a town that was defined by its pit. Men are men and that's the way it has always been. For Alex it's been a repression of his feelings, for h... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
Pity
Superb
Hyped as one of the books to watch out for in 2024, you always reserve just a little trepidation not knowing if the words between the covers will live up t... READ MORE
Amanda Duncan