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characters Billy and the Devil 107 è That night I dream And when I wake up I remember watching a film with Nannan about a ventrilouist who went mad his dummy coming to life and speaking for itself My dream is like the end of the film where the ventrilouist and the dummy are in the madhouse all these mad devil faces pressed against the iron bars of the cellArds the ventrilouist who screams The dummy strangles him I can't remember in the dream if I was the ventrilouist or the dummy I'm in a funny mood all day I don't say much I don't feel like it. This review originally appeared on my blog at week the world was given something it didn’t know it was waiting for Dean Lilleyman’s debut novel Billy and the Devil Made up of short stories prose poems and script Billy gives us tragedy dark humour and a grim determination to live in spite of one of society’s most common addictions alcoholismThis novel doesn’t preach and it doesn’t glamorise These are two things I love about it When I first read it my reaction was that the author’s style reminded me of a combination of Oliver Stone’s representation of cocaine addiction in the film Scarface and Irvine Welsh’s gritty realism in Trainspotting and other books – it tells a valuable truth without caring who it offends and it does this in an artful wayWithout getting too personal I grew up with alcoholic family members and as an adult I have been close to several people with similar or even worse addiction issues From my experience of these things I can tell you – Billy although fictional and a very worst case scenario is in many respects the real dealFor this reason I would give this novel a trigger warning for anyone who has lived with alcoholism and its effects but if you do feel up to it read the book It’s than worth itLilleyman doesn’t sugar coat or gloss over as many authors do with various types of addiction but he gives us Billy’s grim reality with tenderness this person you see drunk in the street is a person too often with family members who love them but struggle to understand self destructive tendencies There were chaptersstories in this book that left me in tears particularly involving Billy’s mother his wife Grace and his children Scarlett and JoeThe author also gives us the truth with gallows humour The chapter ‘Fat bitch tells me I’m barred’ has become notorious in some Sheffield literary circles – and I’m not going to trick you into anything it is uncomfortable to read – but it is at once darkly funny disturbingly graphic and terribly sadIt feels necessary to say that words in a review will not do this book justice You need to experience it People who are far better writers than I have said far prettier words about Billy and I think even then the book just has to be read for what it is Keep your mind open and your humanity close at hand There is much to consider as you read this workBilly and the Devil is published by Crooked and available via Kobo priced at £3 Excerpts from the novel purchase information and further reviewsblurbs are available on Dean Lilleyman’s website Particularly for some reason it brought to mind Tony Montana’s “bad guy” speech holding society’s “villains” and “outcasts” up to the light we realise a great many “good guys” aren’t much better and need the “bad guys” to appear so

Billy and the DevilArds the ventrilouist who screams The dummy strangles him I can't remember in the dream if I was the ventrilouist or the dummy I'm in a funny mood all day I don't say much I don't feel like it. This review originally appeared on my blog at week the world was given something it didn’t know it was waiting for Dean Lilleyman’s debut novel Billy and the Devil Made up of short stories prose poems and script Billy gives us tragedy dark humour and a grim determination to live in spite of one of society’s most common addictions alcoholismThis novel doesn’t preach and it doesn’t glamorise These are two things I love about it When I first read it my reaction was that the author’s style reminded me of a combination of Oliver Stone’s representation of cocaine addiction in the film Scarface and Irvine Welsh’s gritty realism in Trainspotting and other books – it tells a valuable truth without caring who it offends and it does this in an artful wayWithout getting too personal I grew up with alcoholic family members and as an adult I have been close to several people with similar or even worse addiction issues From my experience of these things I can tell you – Billy although fictional and a very worst case scenario is in many respects the real dealFor this reason I would give this novel a trigger warning for anyone who has lived with alcoholism and its effects but if you do feel up to it read the book It’s than worth itLilleyman doesn’t sugar coat or gloss over as many authors do with various types of addiction but he gives us Billy’s grim reality with tenderness this person you see drunk in the street is a person too often with family members who love them but struggle to understand self destructive tendencies There were chaptersstories in this book that left me in tears particularly involving Billy’s mother his wife Grace and his children Scarlett and JoeThe author also gives us the truth with gallows humour The chapter ‘Fat bitch tells me I’m barred’ has become notorious in some Sheffield literary circles – and I’m not going to trick you into anything it is uncomfortable to read – but it is at once darkly funny disturbingly graphic and terribly sadIt feels necessary to say that words in a review will not do this book justice You need to experience it People who are far better writers than I have said far prettier words about Billy and I think even then the book just has to be read for what it is Keep your mind open and your humanity close at hand There is much to consider as you read this workBilly and the Devil is published by Crooked and available via Kobo priced at £3 Excerpts from the novel purchase information and further reviewsblurbs are available on Dean Lilleyman’s website Particularly for some reason it brought to mind Tony Montana’s “bad guy” speech holding society’s “villains” and “outcasts” up to the light we realise a great many “good guys” aren’t much better and need the “bad guys” to appear so

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Billy and the Devil Ô That night I dream And when I wake up I remember watching a film with Nannan about a ventrilouist who went mad his dummy coming to life and speaking for itself My dream is like the end of the. A stunning début novel and some of the most inventive story writing I've ever come across As I read this I kept thinking that Dean Lilleyman must be the reincarnation of Hubert Selby Jr the darkness is there the same dark humour is used and the ability to make you love a destructive and selfish character is put to maximum useI've read a few books on addiction now but this is the first one I've read where the addiction is alcohol and it has raised my awareness just what these people are going through when fighting their addictionsWe see all of Billy's life in this book his birth childhood first sexual experience growing up getting a job becoming a father and throwing it all away Billy is aware of what his drinking is doing but he can't help it it makes him depressed which makes him drink and that's when you really start to feel for him he is trying but it's all so hopelessThe writing style is amazing we get to read in first person second person third person screen play phone conversations confessions dreams and even a Punch and Judy show Sometimes you come across a book where you feel the need to read a section out loud this book has a chapter which makes you wanna drink loads and then scream it out loud at 2am Very very clever stuff really looking forward to what Dean writes nextIf you are a fan of Hubert Selby Jr then you have to give this book a tryBlog review Summary ì eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Dean Lilleyman

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Dean Lilleyman ´ 7 characters Film where the ventrilouist and the dummy are in the madhouse all these mad devil faces pressed against the iron bars of the cell door laughing as the dummy gets up off his chair and walks tow. I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest reviewI started this book without reading any reviews or a synopsis and having now read it I know that it is not my usual genre and would not generally appeal to me That said I read the book as promised and found there were large parts of it that I really enjoyed but other parts that left me a little shell shocked I am not prudish but I did find much of the dialogue and graphic descriptions a little too raw at times Yes I understand the language represents the character but repeated swearing becomes a little tiresome after awhile The book is in fact based around the authors own experiences battling alcoholism which makes the story remarkable The book is full of observations some will make you cringe some are sad and others will make you laugh out loudI was too distracted by the graphic content to fully appreciate some of the finer points of the novel Having read other reviews there is a lot of support for the authors style and they fully appreciate it Dean Lillyman can certainly write well but sorry not for me