I read a lot of books so have developed my own internal 'code' for deciding if a book is well written. It's a very simple strategy; if I start imagining what the characters look like and who would play them in the film version, then it's a good book.
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Out of Season had me doing this by the second chapter. The characters are well rounded and identifiable. The author's tour of Blackpool's hidden world that the millions of visitors have no clue about, is so well written I now fancy my chances as a bandit 'bandit'. The humour effortlessly travels between between belly laughs and clever suggestion. And I found myself laughing and grinning as if I was in the company of the characters on the page.
I loved this book and wish I could buy Tony a drink, Big Frank a dinner and Benny a best mate badge.