September 25th 2008
£7.99
320 pages
B-Format Paperback
ISBN
9780955647604

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  • LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2009

Never Never by David Gaffney

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Eric is a debt counsellor (as Gaffney himself once was) whose days at the Cleator Moor Money Advice Shop in west Cumbria are spent helping anxious debtors avoid making payments. Mired in more debt than most of the clients he counsels, Eric maintains a façade of easy solvency for his girlfriend, Charlotte, while sneaking off to Manchester to feel alive again, to borrow some more cash from various shady characters, and to have peculiar sexual encounters with his first love, Julie.

Gaffney’s strength is creating strong characters, and this debut brims with them. With a ruthless eye and pitch-black humour, Gaffney explores a consumer culture in which exploiting the welfare system is both a necessity and an addiction, and in which hypocrisy is endemic

Observer

Cometh the hour, cometh the novelist – it would be hard to imagine a book that scored a more penetrating bull’s-eye on the target of the moment

Independent

This clever novel couldn’t be more timely … Forces us to confront society’s incredible thirst for credit

Observer

Addresses the current issue of bad credit: an amusing black comedy in how not to manage finances — or relationships

FT

One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others

Guardian

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