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- DescriptionONE MORE WOULDN'T HURTBy Rick SmithA Novel of Booze, Birds and Getting Banged upTommy Bradman is on the downward spiral of alcoholism. In his mid-twenties, he is treacherously good looking, a compulsive womaniser and a criminal. The one constant in his life is Val, his long suffering girlfriend, who loves him with a passion, but kws she must eventually leave him. One More Wouldn't Hurt is a story of their struggle, and of those close to them. It is a hard hitting, rollicking vel of life in the raw. ExtractEastchurch, hut number two, Sunderland wing. It was an aerodrome during the war years: part of coastal command, according to Mr Newman: an amiable screw with a badly pock-marked face whose nickname was maggot. Like lots of small airfields constructed in desperate times it had gone downhill. Been forgotten. Fallen into disrepair, until some bright spark in Whitehall decided it would make an ideal open prison being miles from anywhere on the bleak, flat, Isle of Sheppey.Tommy had been there before in Seventy-Five, doing half a stretch: six months, for burglary.The place was a doddle in the summer, a right f****ng holiday camp, and he got the tan of his life during that never forgotten heat wave.However, it wasn't that clever in the winter: especially in the never ending Seventy-Nine winter. Talk about Arctic exploration. To stick your head under a tap of freezing water. Have a piss, or clean your teeth in a windowless, windswept, washroom-come-s**thouse, you had to cover a hundred yards of ice and slush in worn, rubber soled shoes.Not much fun at half seven in the morning, with a force eight gale blowing of the North Sea...
- Author BiographyRick Smith was born in North London in 1944. After an idyllic childhood, he got lost in the heady joys of the Swinging Sixties. Jobs came and went, as did girlfriends, and he drank heavily. A spell in the Merchant Navy made things worse. But those few years, he maintains, were some of the best of his life, and he travelled extensively. In the mid-1970s he served several short prison terms due to his alcoholism, but he has been dry for more than 30 years. He began writing poetry more than 20 years ago, and has also written five novels and two biographical works. His poetry collection Of Life And Love is also available on Amazon. Rick is divorced and has one daughter. He lives in Kent, England.
- Author(s)Rick Smith
- Date of Publication22/01/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight286 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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