So this is it, an extract from the first full length novel I ever wrote. I have included about eight pages from the original and it is utterly unedited from the version that gained the MA and was then sent out to agents and publishers.
In fact, this is the first time I've even glanced at it since then. My plan is to self-publish this novel to Kindle and the like if for no other reason than it came so very close to publication ten years ago. I suspect it will seem very dated now, particularly in terms of the references and the genre. But then I make no claims to be the next Charles Dickens and if this process serves no other purpose than providing me with the know how to self-publish then it will be worth it. If a few folks are generous enough to buy a copy too, then I'll consider that a bonus.
But for now, let's pretend it's the year 2000 and we're in Manchester and the youngest student on the MA course has just turned up with copies of the introduction to his first novel...
Extract from Playground Cool