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The Grass Arena

by John Healy - £9.99  Penguin Books (2008)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780141189598 | ISBN 10: 0141189592

In his searing autobiography, John Healy describes his fifteen years living rough in London without state aid, when begginh carried an automatic three-year prison sentence and vagrant alcoholics prowled the parks and streets in search of drink or prey. When not united in their common aim of aquiring alcohol, winos sometimes murdered one another over prostitutes or a bottle, or the begging of money.
 
Few modern writers have managed to match Healy's power to refine from the brutal destructive condition of the chronic alcoholic a story so compelling it is beyond comparison.

"Sober and precise, grotesque, violent, sad, charming and hilarious all at once."
(Literary Review)

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