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Urban Grimshaw and The Shed Crew (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Bernard Hare

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'Hare writes with laconic self-deprecation, black humour and a humane, ever present sense of railing against the system that failed Urban and his gang. The book is as exceptional as the bonds he formed.' -- Tina Jackson, Metro 'A damnation of British society that is both violently shocking and laugh-out-loud funny, reading somewhere between a pre-teen Trainspotting and a northern-English equivalent of Larry Clark's Kids ... a memoir with attitude' -- Big Issue 'One of the most astonishing and moving books I've read in years. It shocked me, but the amazing warmth, compassion and humour of Bernie's writing also filled me with hope. This is a must read for everyone from Richard and Judy to Tony Blair. It is a portrait of Britain today.' Louise Sherwin-Stark, Sales 'The most incredible non-fiction I've read all year.' Hugo Hutchison, Marketing 'Truly ground-breaking - the most important book we're publishing in 2005' Richard Peters, Sales


You're twelve years old. Your mother's a junkie and your father might as well be dead. You can't read or write, and you don't go to school. An average day means sitting round a bonfire with your mates smoking drugs, or stealing cars. Welcome to Urban's world. Bernard Hare was on society's margins, living on one of Leeds' roughest estates and with a liking for drink and drugs. So he knew what life in the underclass was like in '90s Britain. But even he was shocked when he met Urban, an illiterate, glue-sniffing twelve-year-old. And through Urban he got to know the Shed Crew - an anarchic gang of kids between the ages of ten and fourteen; joy-riding, thieving runaways, who were no strangers to drugs or sex. Nearly all had been in care, but few adults really cared. Bernard decided to do what he could. He didn't know what he was letting himself in for.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 478 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 324 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0340837357
  • Verlag: Sceptre (13. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005IYIB4U
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #249.037 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew 16. Januar 2011
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A fantastic book, funny and moving, It is almost easy to forget that this is a true story from the 21 century, and not from Victorian England. It is worth reading as a work of liturature as much as for the story itself. If nothing else, reading this book should make one appreciate ones own life and how fortunate one is for not experiencing (hopefully) the kind of misery the shed crew members have done. Not all of them had a happy ending, but many did, reminding the the reader of how resiliant the human spirit really is.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very good read! 15. April 2014
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book. I was just looking for something different to read. This book has touched on a lot of things very personal to me and it has also really given a good insight on inner city youth. Not just in England, but all over this world. We are not immune to poverty and ignorance, we just choose to look the other way.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing Peek into Another World 15. April 2014
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I would absolutely recommend this book. I ordered it in anticipation of the movie being made (starring Richard Armitage). It is well-written and takes you on quite a ride through a world that most of us never even think about. It's shocking and yet heartwarming to see how these characters make it through (sometimes barely) a life where they've been given no skills, experiences, advantages or support to really be successful. (That said, they "succeed" relative to their reality - they survive.)

Read it ahead of the movie coming out - assuming it shows in the US. There are no real spoilers but it gets you inside the mind and heart of the author, Bernard Hare.

I never would have considered this book if it weren't for Mr. Armitage's choice in movies, but I'm very glad to have read it and recommend it. (My seller was fast and the book was in great shape. I feel guilty having gotten it for 97 cents.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Intriguing, well-written book! 25. April 2014
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I very much enjoyed this despite my shock at how these children were left to fend for themselves, but ultimately a tale of survival!
4.0 von 5 Sternen Welcome to Urban's world 20. Juni 2014
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Paperback (edit)
review Leeds in the 1990s is the setting for this story. Chop is an ex social worker who dropped his job and retreated in a world of drinking and drugs, living at the margins of society. It is in those unfortunate situation that he meets Urban and the Shed Crew, a gang of feral kids who live stealing or as young prostitutes.
One day Chop saves young Urban’s life and since then they become almost inseparabile, and Chop becomes the only adult member of the Shed Crew. Urban is twelve, his mother a drug-addict whom Chop has had an affair with in the past - or more probably has shared some drug-taking occasions with. His sympathy for Urban, 12 years old, is immediate. Chop’s house becomes a sort of emergency service for those lost kids, he helps them as he can in his own wrecked situation listening to them, making them write or draw or play chess in his house or simply giving them refuge when they need one. All that make Chop a role model to them and that forces him to be one, which involves drinking less and giving up drugs eventually.
All the characters in the book are real people. At the end of the book we are informed that some of the Crew are doing well now that they are grown-up but some others are still in trouble. After writing the book, Bernard Hare’s life changed and he decided to adopt Urban Grishaw. All well that ends well.
This book was a real punch in the stomach, eye-opening, informative, heartbreaking, thought - provoking but at the same time extremely funny, something like watching a serious damnation-of-British-society documentary, focusing on degraded urban areas in big cities, but with an ironical narrating voice and the insertion of comical anecdotes here and there. It’s not a book you can read without being disturbed or left puzzled, of course, but you will find yourself smiling more often than you expect.
It is a book through which you learn that a non-judgemental attitude, an open mind and an open heart can do miracles with young people, troubled or not troubled. This is what Bernard Hare understood and why he was accepted by the crew and could help those young people. Not all of them, but at least some. He didn’t know what he had let himself in when he decided to join the gang and do something for those kids but, certainly, something Bernard Hare did for himself too: his generosity saved also his own life giving to it a completely different turn.
(Read my post at FLY HIGH! [...])
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