Happy (paperback) Publication Day! The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong

Azzy Williams is ready. Ready to smoke, pop pills, drink wine and ready to fight. But most of all, he’s ready to do anything for his friends, his gang, his young team.

Round here, in the schemes of the forgotten industrial heartland of Scotland, your mates, your young team – they’re everything.

Azzy Williams is fourteen; a rising star, this is his life and he loves it.
Azzy Williams is seventeen; he’s out of control.
Azzy Williams is twenty-one; he’d like to leave it all behind.
But a way out isn’t easy to find . . .

The Young Team is an energetic novel, full of the loyalty, laughs, mischief, boredom, violence and threat of life on these streets. It looks beyond the tabloid stereotypes to tell a powerful story about the realities of life for young people in Britain today.

About the author

The Young Team is Graeme Armstrong’s debut novel. Having grown up in Airdrie, and spending his teenage years within the gang culture of North Lanarkshire, the book is based on his own experiences. His official publisher bio says: “He was inspired to study English Literature following his reading of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting at just sixteen. Alongside overcoming his own struggles with drug addiction, alcohol abuse and violence, he defied expectation to read English as an undergraduate at the University of Stirling; where, after graduating with honours, he returned to study a Masters’ in Creative Writing.”

We also highly recommend reading this piece by Graeme at Literature Alliance Scotland about reading and writing Scots dialect and how important it is.

If you want to read our reviews of The Young Team you can Aiden’s here and Sarah’s here.

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