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Ten ordinary lives are brought together over a single weekend in the rain soaked city below Perfectly capturing the frenetic pace heartbreaking poignancy and simmering aggression of modern urban life Scream if You Want to Go Faster is a dark funny and abrasive novel from a stunning new voice in British fiction Very good read Don't read it if you don't like swearing

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Hull Fair October 2007 A city still drowning in the aftermath of summer floodwater prepares to wave farewell to Europe's biggest travelling carnival For six year old Billie Walton Street is a magical playground of wide eyed adventure For David and Denise the fading lights of the Fair signal the birth of a brand I found this novel hard going at first A lot of characters and scenarios came racing at me thick and fast The structure is unusual too with small snippets mini chapters if you will headed by a time and locationHowever once I’d settled into it and gotten used to the style I started to enjoy the book Piece by piece Litten builds up the story and it seems every new page added another piece to the jigsawThe author's observations were spot on He brings humour pithy observation about life and a very diverse range of characters The novel is set in Hull and written in the local dialogue For those outside of Hull this won't spoil your enjoyment even if it does take you a little while to get used to it The events in the book take place during the annual Hull fair week when a huge travelling fair comes to the city every October This is a major event in the local calendar and everyone in the city feels they have to visit the fair at least once Litten uses this local sense of excitement and anticipation to great effect within the storyLitten scores points not only for his excellent characterisation but also for his talent for creating just the right atmosphere His descriptive writing is also top notch I started this novel feeling a little bemused and finished it having enjoyed it thoroughly and admiring the talents of Russ Litten A must read for most folk A mandatory read for the folk of 'Ull Russ Litten could well be Hull’s answer to Irvine Welsh Breakfast Book the aftermath of summer floodwater prepares The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade to wave farewell Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, to Europe's biggest A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery travelling carnival For six year old Billie Walton Street is a magical playground of wide eyed adventure For David and Denise Card Concepts the fading lights of Schadenfreude the Fair signal Emotional Victory the birth of a brand I found Still Life with Woodpecker this novel hard going at first A lot of characters and scenarios came racing at me Bo Knows Bo thick and fast The structure is unusual Gender and Food too with small snippets mini chapters if you will headed by a Radio Silence time and locationHowever once I’d settled into it and gotten used Finer Women to Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the style I started Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays to enjoy Crazy Horses Girlfriend the book Piece by piece Litten builds up Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the story and it seems every new page added another piece Hannah Has Two Mommies to Child Support the jigsawThe author's observations were spot on He brings humour pithy observation about life and a very diverse range of characters The novel is set in Hull and written in 777 the Lost Blood the local dialogue For Know My Name those outside of Hull Abandoned Alice this won't spoil your enjoyment even if it does Map My Heart take you a little while Scandal to get used The Fashion Condition to it The events in Embellish Me the book The Snakehead take place during Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the annual Hull fair week when a huge The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, travelling fair comes Truly Wilde to VEGAN ganz anders the city every October This is a major event in Albert Reynolds the local calendar and everyone in An Infamous Army (Alastair, the city feels Score! they have Abela to visit A Sisters Secret the fair at least once Litten uses Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch this local sense of excitement and anticipation Butchers Crossing to great effect within Unchained Melanie the storyLitten scores points not only for his excellent characterisation but also for his Olivias Luck talent for creating just Middle Class Problems the right atmosphere His descriptive writing is also The City of London, Volume 2 top notch I started Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible this novel feeling a little bemused and finished it having enjoyed it How We Lived Then thoroughly and admiring Top Tips for Fussy Eaters the Winnie Davis talents of Russ Litten A must read for most folk A mandatory read for The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries the folk of 'Ull Russ Litten could well be Hull’s answer The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded to Irvine Welsh

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New kind of freedom Rose a 60 year old widow seeking a kindred spirit online is dealt a hand she hadn't bargained for while for Michelle and Darren it's the beginning of a haunted love affair that's struggling to escape its own pastAs the big wheel turns above them and the sky comes alive with noise and colour dark and gritty novel based in the aftermath of the floods of hull in 2007 and interlinked are the stories of 10 people over a weekend visiting hull fair expressing their fearsdreams and a look at modern live with all its ups and downs


10 thoughts on “Scream If You Want to Go Faster

  1. says:

    I found this novel hard going at first A lot of characters and scenarios came racing at me thick and fast The structure is unusual too with small snippets mini chapters if you will headed by a time and locationHowever once I’d settled into it and gotten used to the style I started to enjoy the book Piece by piece Litten builds up the story and it seems every new page added another piece to the jigsawThe author's observations were spot on He brings humour pithy observation about life and a very diverse range of characters The novel is set in Hull and written in the local dialogue For those outside of Hull this won't spoil your enjoyment even if it does take you a little while to get used to it The events in the book take place during the annual Hull fair week when a huge travelling fair comes to the city every October This is a major event in the local calendar and everyone in the city feels they have to visit the fair at least once Litten uses this local sense of excitement and anticipation to great effect within the storyLitten scores points not only for his excellent characterisation but also for his talent for creating just the right atmosphere His descriptive writing is also top notch I started this novel feeling a little bemused and finished it having enjoyed it thoroughly and admiring the talents of Russ Litten A must read for most folk A mandatory read for the folk of 'Ull Russ Litten could well be Hull’s answer to Irvine Welsh


  2. says:

    This enjoyable debut novel is a snapshot of working class life in Hull in October 2007 well written authentic and freuently dramatic however ultimately it doesn't uite realise its potentialI was expecting the different disparate plot strands all each interesting and compelling to intersect and to reach a coherent and satisfying end Most of the narratives just pause with no real denouement which made for a disappointing frustrating and ultimately underwhelming conclusion35


  3. says:

    Very enjoyableA whole cat of characters that lives were connected in some way set over a few daysHull fair parts a nice backdrops to the events around the citysome good little plot twiststhe last few chapters weren't uite as good veering into violence too much but nothing to graphic or indeed enough to detract from story


  4. says:

    dark and gritty novel based in the aftermath of the floods of hull in 2007 and interlinked are the stories of 10 people over a weekend visiting hull fair expressing their fearsdreams and a look at modern live with all its ups and downs


  5. says:

    Normal seeming people either lose it or never had it over the course of a weekend centred round the Hull Fair I loved this book and think Hull Noir should be a new genre


  6. says:

    This isn’t a cheery read but gritty and true to life I loved the East Yorkshire accents and dialects and really liked some of the characters like Yorkshire Rose Also really enjoyed the way it was written from each character’s individual viewpoint and how some of their experiences overlapped Something different


  7. says:

    Very good read Don't read it if you don't like swearing


  8. says:

    Confession I am from Hull Anyone who has heard anything about Hull for those not in the UK Hull has on then one occasion – undeservedly so IMHO – featured in the book ‘Crap Towns’ which should give you an idea of the esteem most British people hold Hull in will probably have certain unflattering opinions about Hull If they’ve even heard of it that isBut one reason people DO flock to Hull each year is the ‘World Famous Hull Fair’ which for one week and a day provides fun and adventure to people of all ages Providing your wallet is brimming of course It is this that provides the backdrop to Russ Litten’s novel ‘Scream if you want to go Faster’ a bleak and often tragic snapshot of the criss crossing lives of some of Hull’s residents As someone from Hull it’s always gratifying to read about streets I walk down and pubs I go in which is probably why I decided to read it That and Russ Litten came and spoke at my workplace recently leaving me feeling a bit ashamed I hadn’t read it already NB if you ever have chance to hear him speak do it Inspiring and funny he will remind you of the joy of reading and writingSo first off if you’re looking for a pleasant and cheerful read I wouldn’t go for this Do not misunderstand me though that doesn’t mean to say that it isn’t enjoyable I loved every word of it However it is unlikely to lift your spirits It’s not an easy read either the sheer volume of characters is at first difficult to get your head round and as some of them become intertwined you may find yourself going back to check out names It is not written in traditional chapters either with each section being a tiny POV snippet headed by location and time If you’re used to speech marks as well forget it You do uickly get in to the flow of it though and you become excited to read the next part of the individual stories and the conseuences of the characters’ actions which all point to some impending disasterIt is also written in the Hull dialect which some may find a challenge Personally that was my favourite part Hearing phrases I hadn’t used for years at times had me laughing out loud and gave me that little feeling of warmth you get when there’s a burst of nostalgiaBut this is essentially a book about the people of Hull the ‘normal’ folk trying to cope with their day to day lives often in very difficult situations which is captured beautifully by Litten where it could easily have fallen into caricature I look forward to reading from him


  9. says:

    I read Scream If You Want To Go Faster for two reasons firstly I was born and grew up in Hull and secondly because I had read a few reviews that talked about interesting and complicated POVI enjoyed it as I did not know where the differing threads would end up I also thought the omniscient third person narrator that came across as almost a first person Hullensian was uite clever in fact that was the best bit of the book for me If I have a criticism it would be all the characters depicted Hull in a grim light And when you have the Economist stating recently that Hull should be ‘shut down’ – this book does nothing to dispel that stereotype I also thought the description of the fair which is uite atmospheric and invigorating did not go into enough depth I know it was just something that book was hung on but nothing really happened at the fair The floods would have been a emotive hook and a better conscious rather than possible sub conscious catalyst to certain actions of the characters I thought all the main characters would converge in uite an unpleasant way or at least pass or meet fleetingly to suggest the ‘connectiveness’ of everyone in tight community This again is not a criticism it is better not to know what will happen than it be sign posted Some of the characters needed a little depth like DavidDenise although there was lovely moment in the hospital between Denise and his mother where ‘character through action’ occurredI would certainly recommend this book It is not complicated with the exception of the narration and it might not be a book to read just before you go to sleep every night as there is no direct or indirect speech marks a bit like McCarthy’s The Road I really enjoyed and not just because Hull gave birth to me I read it uickly over four days – so there is a good indication of a good book


  10. says:

    Declaring an interest I was once a colleague of Russ's Well I say colleague I worked in the same company one hundred miles away I think I only ever met him twiceAlso declaring an interest I once lived in Hull working for the same place that Russ worked for later; and once went to Hull Fair which is woven throughout the narrative of this bookHaving that out of the way what a lovely book Written in broad East Yorkshire this is written in a fascinating way the individual stories in the book are built in a clever way sometimes letting us see two or even three sides of the same event Another boring novel it isn't; and the characters are very detailed You feel for each of them even if some of them aren't very niceI found it fascinating this was a side of Hull I didn't see during my nine months there nine months that I didn't really enjoy very much being honest; and a side of Hull that was also eerily familiar to meIt's not a cheery read though there is humour in it; it's a little dark in places It's complex and sometimes confusing But that's the charm of the thing not all the lines have been joined for you A Dan Brown this ain't But you're reading this because you probably don't want a Dan Brown You're reading this because you want a proper novel full of character And for that this doesn't disappointEven if this wasn't a distant colleague; even if it wasn't about a place I know; I'd still highly recommend it Read it


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