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No need to wait anymore, Buy A Minger’s tale now! Growing up is a difficult time in the life of Ribban Bookmark, this book traces his journey down a Minger Highway, signposted with humour and littered with roadkill oneliners.
Plain Jane Funny, genuine
This is a book you don’t want to put down. Some books take a while to get into, but with this one, you know what kind of book it is right from the start, and it puts a smile on your face (when you’re not in stitches). The main character totally wins your heart, thanks to the author’s very personal and compelling way of expressing himself. Witty, funny, genuine, but the author is a child of his time and shows us also the dark sides of life around him. It is obvious that the author himself has experienced what he writes about, and from a history point of view, you are privilegied to get an eye-opening insight into a time that has gone and will never come back. What more could you possibly want? Buy, beg, steal or borrow it, this is a book you need.
Martin Skate A delicious cocktail of hilarious underdog triumphs!
Even from the title you get an idea that this book leans on the side of deadpan during an underdog story, in essence it is a deliciously honest and positively told autobiography lit by hilarious anecdotes and dazzling insight. A Minger’s tale is an insight into the frustratingly mundane and difficult side of the trials of one man desperately seeking improvement through tough times on the breadline of England 1970s.
Angeline Brown Witty and interesting
From the beginning of A Minger’s Tale, the author paints a very clear picture of life in Manchester as a child. I could totally imagine him leaving his chud (chewing gum) in the girl’s hair who sat before him in the cinema. I can easily see this book appealing to those who have lived or worked in Manchester but it is written in a way that even those not from the area who do not know the slang etc will still enjoy it. From page one it is a witty and entertaining read. From football and brown sauce sandwiches to the local priest, everything’s covered in the accounting of the authors early life and I must say, it was fascinating. I could totally see this as a TV adaptation with the young boy starting his ‘ban the barb’ protest to avoid eating rhubarb!
Jen L A constant reminder that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and we all need to relax and just enjoy.
Due to my Americanism, until I opened the book, I didn’t know what a minger was. According to the author, a minger is British slang for a male or female who fell out of the ugly tree at birth and hit every branch on the way down. The author is a minger. Lacking confidence in himself, or maybe he blatantly excepts the fact that he truly is a minger, the author recounts his life’s ups and downs…mostly the downs but with every down, he shines a light. “I never thought I’d make it this far in life and that happy endings do exist…From an early age, I realized I was never destined for great things. The world would not be given to me on a stick, and the only silver spoon I would ever see would be a bag of sugar by that name.”
Absolutely hilarious read. Pure British comedy thrown with some Irish in there as well. Growing up with Irish immigrant parents, he describes times in the 60s and 70s in Manchester. He writes the book as ‘diary style’ and recounts the many memories he has growing up and why he became the person he is today. A constant reminder that life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and we all need to relax and just enjoy. Very entertaining and I highly recommend this book if you enjoy good ‘ol.