Hello and welcome to our stop on the The Dig Street Festival blog tour!
Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Chris Walsh for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The reviews below are 100% honest and all of her own views.
It’s 2006 in the fictional East London borough of Leytonstow. The UK’s pub smoking ban is about to happen, and thirty-eight-and-a-half year old John Torrington, a mopper and trolley collector at his local DIY store, is secretly in love with the stylish, beautiful, and middle-class barmaid Lois. John and his hapless, strange, and down-on-their-luck friends, Gabby Longfeather and Glyn Hopkins, live in Clements Markham House – a semi-derelict Edwardian villa divided into unsanitary bedsits, and (mis)managed by the shrewd, Dickensian business man, Mr Kapoor.
When Mr Kapoor, in a bizarre and criminal fluke, makes him fabulously credit-worthy, John surprises his friends and colleagues alike by announcing he will organise an amazing ‘urban love revolution’, aka the Dig Street Festival. But when he discovers dark secrets at the DIY store, and Mr Kapoor’s ruthless gentrification scheme for Clements Markham House, John’s plans take several unexpected and worrisome turns…
Funny, original, philosophical, and unexpectedly moving, The Dig Street Festival takes a long, hard, satirical look at modern British life, and asks of us all, how can we be better people?
Chris Walsh grew up in Middlesbrough and now lives in Kent. He writes both fiction and non-fiction. The Dig Street Festival is his first novel.
This was a brilliantly written story that I could not actually put down. Each page there was something to make me want to read ‘just a little more’ till I found to my surprise I had finished the book!
I enjoyed the characters in this book, John Torrington, employed as a trolley person and mopper at his local DYI store and mooning after the local barmaid, he just can’t catch a break. His friends Gaby and Glynn are currently in a similar position in their lives. Along with their landlord Mr Kapoor I loved the interaction and antics of these characters throughout the story.
I will say, The Dig Street Festival wouldn’t have been a book I would have necessarily picked up, but I am so glad I had the chance to read and review as it has turned into a favourite.
I will be recommending this book to my friends who like this sort of novel and cannot wait to see what Chris publishes next.
Chris Walsh grew up in Middlesbrough and now lives in Kent. He writes both fiction and non-fiction, an example of which you can read here in May 2020’s Moxy Magazine.
Chris’s debut novel The Dig Street Festival will be published by Louise Walters Books in April 2021.
Chris’s favourite novel is Stoner by John Williams and his favourite novella is The Death of Ivan Illyich by Leo Tolstoy. His top poet is Philip Larkin. He is also a fan of Spike Milligan.
Published in paperback and digital formats by Louise Walters Books on 15th April 2021
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