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Lairies by Steve Hollyman


Steve Hollyman

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Imprint: Influx Press
Publisher: Influx Press
Publication date: 8 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781910312674

LAIRIES is the brilliant and brutal debut from Steve Hollyman, mapping the lives of violent young men at the start of the twenty-first century, living aimlessly but desperately hunting for purpose.

4 stars out of 5
12 Apr 2021

"an insider critique of masculine bravado."

A kind of helter-skelter whodunnit, Lairies draws suspense from Hollyman’s decision to not quite play fair with the reader by relying on the sly use of a character’s nickname to keep us in the dark as the action hurtles along via name-tagged point-of-view chapters. The gross-out description recalls Irvine Welsh: after a fight, Colbeck says his hands look like he’s “been at a fisting orgy with five menstruating anaemics”... But the high-wire act reminds us that immersion is no less effective than observation as a way to understand the disappointment and pent-up longing both he and Myers portray as a man’s lot.