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Urban Grimshaw and The Shed Crew

Bernard Hare

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Biography: general, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction

An eye-opening, jaw-dropping account of Britain's dispossessed youth and inner city wastelands by an insider, as funny and inspiring as it is heartbreaking. 'Another CITY OF GOD, this time for Britain rather than Brazil.' Observer

You're twelve years old. Your mother's a junkie and your father might as well be dead. You can't read or write, and you don't go to school. An average day means sitting round a bonfire with your mates smoking drugs, or stealing cars.

Welcome to Urban's world.

Bernard Hare was on society's margins, living on one of Leeds' roughest estates and with a liking for drink and drugs. So he knew what life in the underclass was like in '90s Britain. But even he was shocked when he met Urban, an illiterate, glue-sniffing twelve-year-old. And through Urban he got to know the Shed Crew - an anarchic gang of kids between the ages of ten and fourteen; joy-riding, thieving runaways, who were no strangers to drugs or sex. Nearly all had been in care, but few adults really cared.

Bernard decided to do what he could. He didn't know what he was letting himself in for.

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Praise for Urban Grimshaw and The Shed Crew

  • A dark and bitterly funny window on to a part of British life that most would rather sweep under the carpet . . . both inspiring and uplifting. - Daily Telegraph

  • A compelling piece of ethnography, but it is also a deeply personal memoir . . . Moving but never sanctimonious, it is another City of God, this time for Britain rather than Brazil. - Observer

  • A damnation of British society that is both violently shocking and laugh-out-loud funny, reading somewhere between a pre-teen Trainspotting and a northern-English equivalent of Larry Clark's Kids . . . a memoir with attitude - Big Issue

  • Hare writes with laconic self-deprecation, black humour and a humane, ever present sense of railing against the system that failed Urban and his gang . . . exceptional - Metro

  • An extraordinary account of the parallel world of missing children who live under our noses in every inner city, but officially don't exist. - Sunday Times

  • A cross between a grim fairytale and a reflective, brazen anecdote . . . a marvellous read. - Alexander Masters, Daily Mail

  • This is writing from the edge. Bernie Hare is a truly original voice. He deserves to be big - really big! - Fergal Keane

  • Don't miss Bernard Hare's astonishing account of his relationship with Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew - Anne Fine, Books of the Year, Sunday Herald

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Bernard Hare

Bernard Hare was born in 1958 into a Leeds mining family. He was educated at grammar school and after gaining a BA in Applied Social Sciences at Hatfield Polytechnic, he became a social worker. Dillusioned with the system following the miners' strike of 1984, he dropped out, working occasionally as a removal man. He now writes, plays chess, and works in community arts - he has edited Reflections, a collection of pieces by the creative writing class at East Leeds Family Learning Centre, and Flatlands, an anthology of writing and a CD of music by local people, organised by the Flatlands Community Arts Group which Bernard co-founded.

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