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Boxer Handsome by Anna Whitwham
  

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This book opens with a fight scene so brilliant and bloody and violent that you can’t help but be catapulted into the book. Connor and Bobby are fighting over Theresa on a canal side in East London. It is bare knuckle and dirty and the irony is that in exactly a week they’re meant to be boxing in a proper match against each other. They grew up together but from very different families and both look to boxing as a way out of their lives. Exploring East London’s boxing tradition and giving a very different view of the communities from the usual media depictions this is a hard hitting and fascinating peek into their world. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Boxer Handsome by Anna Whitwham

A genuinely impressive debut. Boxer Handsome does everything great fiction should ...revealing a world that most people will never even think about. If you can't see what it is that people need from boxing, or why it somehow persists into the 21st century, then read this . (Guardian). Boxing runs in Bobby's blood. His Irish dad was a boxer. So was his Jewish grandfather. Yanked up by their collars at Clapton Bow Boys Club, taught how to box and stay out of trouble. So Bobby knows he shouldn't be messing in street brawls a week before his big fight with Connor 'the Gypsy Boy', an Irish traveller from around the way. They're fighting over Theresa: a traveller girl with Connor's name all over her. But Bobby's handsome, like his dad; boxer handsome. Set against the backdrop of contemporary East-End London, Boxer Handsome is an unsung hymn to tribal boxing history and to an angry and austere Britain, a community up against itself, 'all fighting a corner; all fighting for space. All up for a fight.' For Bobby, the ring is everywhere and he can't afford to lose.

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'A genuinely impressive debut. Boxer Handsome does everything great fiction should, offering up characters who stay with the reader long after the end of the book, giving an almost filmic vision of places and people, and revealing a world that most people will never even think about. If you can't see what it is that people need from boxing, or why it somehow persists into the 21st century, then read this.' -- Bella Bathurst Guardian

'Anna Whitwham's first novel does not read like a first novel. It is lean, polished and fit as its subject. The pleasure of reading the book is the sense throughout of a safe pair of hands at work on an unsafe subject - and a challenging city. This is a less-written-about London: depressed, tough and gallant (one can imagine it as a film by Ken Loach).' -- Kate Kellaway Observer, Debut Authors of 2014

'Bristles with machismo... The prose - punchy and pungent - and Boby's terse, frustrated voice keep you in your ringside seat' New Statesman

'A familial connection gives this exciting debut an authenticity, which allied to a confident writing style, suggests Whitwham has a promising future ahead of her. Whitwham's writing is as sharp as a one-two combination, short punchy sentences that capture effectively the brooding atmosphere of the East End. But the book is tender, too, a change of pace that deepens the emotional resonance of the characters. A promising debut.' -- Flemmich Webb Independent

'A raw and bloody book... Whitwham is an accomplished writer with a gift for description... I expect this will be the first of many novels from her. Boxer Handsome is powerful if gruelling.' -- Rosamund Urwin Evening Standard

About the Author

Anna Whitwham was born in 1981 in London, where she still lives. She studied Drama and English at the University of California, Los Angeles, Queens University Belfast and at Royal Holloway, London. Boxer Handsome is her first novel. It is a world Anna knows well: her grandfather, John Poppy, was a young featherweight boxer at Crown & Manor Boys Club in Hoxton. He is the inspiration behind this book.

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Publication date

12th March 2015

Author

Anna Whitwham

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099584452

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