Apples [Richard Milward] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As a distraction from sleazy male admirers, spiteful classmates and her. Summary: Milward, barely out of his teens himself, lends a voice of authenticity to this look at Britain’s urban youth with its binge-drinking, drug taking and. Richard Milward, who combines writing with studying art, is being debut Apples (“Catcher in the Rye meets Arctic Monkeys,” according to the.

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Some sections were quite good and showed clear insight into how rubbish it can be to be a teenager but the main characters were not entirely convincing. I wanted to prove this is truly how some children live. My problem with this book is purely down to the fact that I know the author is from a comfortable middle class market town closebut not too close, to Middlesbrough. He starts to come out of his shell throughout the book but appears to keep on getting knocked down.

It lives so fast and burn with the quest A raw dive in a difficult neighbourhood, we get to follow two young people dealing with many problems from their family and trying to explore or just party as much as they can. You graduated in painting and drawing, and are currently writing a screenplay — is this apppes future direction? For the Canon of Windsor, see Richard Milward priest.

Milward uses Gaz’s character in a way which got me really frustrated. For Apples – simultaneously the story of Adam and Eve, a teen pregnancy and enough drug-taking to shame the cast of Skins – Milward mined his school days spent near Middlesbrough in the market town of Guisborough. Adam — a shy and neurotic recluse, who spends most of his time in his room listening to records and fending off the rages of his father, and Eve — the too-hot-to-trot milwward of his lust and affection.

I felt very strongly about Gaz and thought Milward did this very well.


Did I say Comedy, yes, this A dark comedy set on a council estate in Middlesborough, this book is narrated alternativly by Adam, Eve a butterfly, an unborn baby and an assortment of delinquents. Even Hemingway’s first no I found the Adam and Eve metaphor overly, ridiculously crass, the prose was irritating, the characters were tedious.

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That being said, scenes of drunken rapes, a child assaulting his father so that the latter winds up in a coma, and a mother dropping her infant off of a bridge, are carried off with such impulsivity and so little emotional connection or gravity, that it is hard to take them seriously or perceive them as grounded in the plot.

Did it not strike his friends as odd that even as a young teenager he was not only plugging himself into adolescent staples such as Kerouac, Dostoevsky and Hesse, but also sending his own material out to publishers? Give it a go if you want something a bit unusual. I have worked in the area of Middlesbrough where this book is set out and I have heard awful stories about the children living there.

Whilst contending with sexual frustration, a violent father and increasingly compulsive behaviour, is he too busy reading Razzle in his bedroom to make his move?

She’s beautiful and she knows it. Zpples was a very interesting book, written in an experimental style, about a group of kids growing up in ricbard small industrial Northern town. I can imagine some people wanting to play on it. I read this as it is based in my home town -Middlesbrough. If you like books about going out, taking drugs, getting pissed and shagging then this is the book for you. My skull was absolutely exploding. How they are exposed to drug use rixhard dealing, sex and heartbreaking living conditions.

It was hard to look through the dark, and I got the shock of “It felt like someone dropped a cartoon ton-weight on me. Milward doesn’t do this at all.

I should have known a book with a blurb reading “Like Catcher in the Rye meets the Arctic Monkeys” wouldn’t be so hot, but the first few pages sucked me right in, and then I don’t want to spoil the plot, but the ending was poor.


I liked the book in the same way that I like Irvine Welsh’s novels, but I feel I eichard even more due to the setting of the book in the area I was born. It’s hearbreaking and depressing, but it’s also rochard uplifting. Most gichard the characters seemed unable to help the Apples is often funny, though relies so heavily on stereotypes you might as well be watching Hollyoaks. Because of this, I am confident there are a number of other towns and cities where children are also living a life like this.

However Apples is different it writes about teen life to some degree of accuracy while still remaining interesting. Richard Milward Reviewed by Jill Murphy 4.

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These characters are approximately 14 or 15 years old in the story and Eve thinks she is more streetwise than she is. The characters in this book are wicked. Adam is a shy, ungainly youth with obsessive compulsive disorder, a love of The Beatlesand a violent father. To see what your friends thought milwsrd this book, please sign up. Or a slightly rough scally girl saying the guy she fancies is ‘quite the honeypie’? He currently lives in Middlesbrough. I also liked the different perspectives and voices, especially the butterfly monologue.

This was most of all a book read at the right place at the right time.

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Milward weaves a story that we’ve all seen in our high schools and sometimes colleges. Any tips for young writers?

This is the life they are subjected to because of where they live and only a small percentage escape and get out.