'A genuinely impressive debut. Boxer Handsome does everything great fiction should... revealing a world that most people will never even think about. If you can't see what it is that people need from boxing, or why it somehow persists into the 21st century, then read this' -- GuardianBoxing runs in Bobby’s blood. His Irish dad was a boxer. So was his Jewish grandfather. Ya'A genuinely impressive debut. Boxer Handsome does everything great fiction should... revealing a world that most people will never even think about. If you can't see what it is that people need from boxing, or why it somehow persists into the 21st century, then read this' -- GuardianBoxing runs in Bobby’s blood. His Irish dad was a boxer. So was his Jewish grandfather. Yanked up by their collars at Clapton Bow Boys Club, taught how to box and stay out of trouble.So Bobby knows he shouldn’t be messing in street brawls a week before his big fight with Connor ‘the Gypsy Boy’, an Irish traveller from around the way. They’re fighting over Theresa: a traveller girl with Connor’s name all over her. But Bobby’s handsome, like his dad; boxer handsome.Set against the backdrop of contemporary East-End London, Boxer Handsome is an unsung hymn to tribal boxing history and to an angry and austere Britain, a community up against itself, ‘all fighting a corner; all fighting for space. All up for a fight.’For Bobby, the ring is everywhere and he can’t afford to lose....
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Boxer Handsome Reviews
I would have given this a 3/12 if I could. It is blunt and simply written but none the worse for that. The short chapters help to make it a page-turner and the story builds well. There is almost a James Patterson quality to it. A good, hard-hitting read!
The story opens violently with a fight scene that is so descriptive that it will make you wince. Bobby and Connor are fighting over a girl; Theresa, a traveller girl who totters on her high heels from lad to lad.Bobby is rough, he's violent, crass and doesn't really play by the rules. Bobby is also very good looking - he's Boxer Handsome.Bobby and Connor are due to fight each other in the ring, but they come to blows on the riverbank just a week before fight day. This is a brutal, no-holds barred fight - bare-knuckles and blood and although this is about who 'owns' Theresa - the history between Bobby and Connor goes way back. Their families have always been connected, by boxing and by family relationship. The lads grew up together and Bobby's father Joe was a great boxer in his day, hard to believe when looking at the broken man destroyed by years of alchohol abuse that Joe is today.When Bobby meets Chloe, just after the riverbank fight, he is fascinated by this girl who is so different from Theresa and the other girls he grew up with. Taking Chloe out on a first date, only kissing her, not expecting the rough sex that he gets with Theresa, Bobby sees a possibility, a different way of life. Sadly, and shockingly Bobby can't deal with this relationship at all - the strength of the violence within him leads to another brutal and bloody chapter in his life.Anna Whitwham based her story on the life of her grandfather who fought at the Crown and Manor Boys Club in the east end of London in the 1920s. There is an overwhelming sense of brooding, dirt and passion within this story - the violence is stark and brutal and the characters appear very simple, but are in fact multi-layered with a multitude of long-lasting historical issues festering away inside them. Their answer to most things is to deal with it with their fists.This is not the east end as portrayed in the soap opera, with laughter and jokes and songs down the pub. This is an area that reeks of danger, with family feuds that have become ingrained in social history, with prejudice and fists and a cast of characters who because of their flaws and sadness are realistic.Anna Whitwham writes with authority, passion and depth. Boxer Handsome is a modern-day story that deals with age-old problems and issues. It is brutal and violent and explodes with language and fear but it is also has a sensitivity to it that gives the characters a vulnerability and sensitivity and it is this that made me fall just a little in love with Bobby - a guy who I'd probably run a mile from if I met him in real life.
Firstly, thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed reading this book but I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. Whitman writes well and this is a good debut. I'm very interested to see what she does next. She lets you in to a whole other sensory level with the characters; detailing every smell and all the blood and saliva that pours out of this story. I thought it was a really strong set-up: I really liked all the characters, especially Bobby. But in that one crucial moment where Bobby changes, the story lost me. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I don't think it was right that the reader was left feeling that there might have been a future for Bobby and his girlfriend, no matter how much he had changed. The last third of the book in general was quite depressing and quite weak in comparison to the start of the book.A good read, especially if you're interested in the world of the story.
This book was a cracking tale about boxing at the lowest and toughest levels. Bobby the hero is a troubled young man who has to fight his emotional demons at the same time as his physical battles. The boxing cliches are rife but it didn't matter because i could tell that the writer was bringing her own life to this first novel as her biog describes. There is no one particularly likeable but the fight scenes are brilliantly described , brutal and the opening chapter lets you know what you are in for during the remainder of the book both as the basis of the plot and as the anticipation of the tense rivalry between the east end tribes and childhood friends that is the heart of the story. I will definitely look out for more by the writer, not subtle but very enjoyable.
A very bold first novel which is well written and creates a powerful visceral atmosphere. It's a novel you can smell on almost every page. It has a boxing and street fighting milieu and is very violent in places and not for the faint-hearted.
I had to abandon this macho rubbish!
As much as I tried, I just couldn't make it to the end of this. Lost be about halfway through