by Simon Skinner
Born in a suburban English New Town and with a family constantly on the move (Essex to Kent to New York to the South of France to Surrey), who can wonder that Slim Manti feels rootless with a burning desire to take fun where he can find it? His solution is to keep on moving. And move he does: from girl to girl, town to town and country to country. He criss-crosses Europe looking for inspiration, circumnavigates America searching for a girl and drives to Tintagel for Arthur’s Stone.
Sometimes brutal, often hilarious, Song of the Suburbs is a Road Novel with a difference. Told in ever-more revealing episodes, it marks the published début of one of Britain’s most exciting new writers.
The Wrecking Crew consisted of Grace and I, Jay the skiing instructor from Sandown Park (strictly matted slopes), Gino the nervous Italian and Henry the driver, our back-up. He liked to fight. Enjoyed rolling people around when he was winning, banging their heads on the concrete. He was there to bail us out, drive.
Simon Skinner was born in Harlow, Essex, in 1966. He is a graduate of University College, London and his work has appeared in Casablanca, Ego and Positive Energy of Madness. He lives in London.