King of the Road

King of the Road

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Released after a long stretch at Parpham Mental Hospital, Royston Blake finds that the world has moved on. Even in Mangel. Gone are most of his old haunts, including Hoppers. In its place is a huge shopping mall, servicing the town's every consumer need. But not everyone is happy seeing the old ways swept aside, and the 'Old Guard' - a mysterious opposition group well known on the letters page of the local paper - sets about recruiting Blake as its agent of retribution. Meanwhile Blake just wants to settle down with Sal, get to know the son he has never met, and do the right thing. "King of the Road" is the final volume in Charlie Williams' acclaimed Mangel trilogy. With his inimitable blend of satirical humour, slapstick action and rural noir, Williams has carved a unique niche in modern British crime fiction.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 196mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852429062
  • 9781852429065
  • 2,467,803

Review quote

"'Deadfolk was a fantastic debut and Fags and Lager is even better. Royston Blake is a truly original anti-hero' Mark Billingham 'Fags and Lager is yokel Tarantino... Roll on Mangel book three' Metro London 'There's a real depth to the characters... anyone famillar with small town life will appreciate the pitch-black sense of humour' Big Issue in the North (6/6/05) 'Blake is a dazzling creation of well-intentioned prejudice and overblown machismo, dripping with dramatic irony' BBC Online 'Fags and Lager is seriously funny... Anyone who's ever grown up and put up with rude boys, growlers and thugs in a crappy, rain-soaked market town in the middle of nowhere, will no doubt fall in love with this all-too-fictional nonfiction' Front"show more

About Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams was born in 1971 in Worcester. He read English at Swansea University. During a brief visit to Worcester he was arrested for fighting a bouncer and bound over to keep the peace for six months. He moved to London but couldn't resist the lure of his hometown and moved back to Worcester in 2003. His first novel, Deadfolk, was published in 2004.show more

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75 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 32% (24)
4 36% (27)
3 21% (16)
2 7% (5)
1 4% (3)
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