This is the winner of the James Tait Black Fiction Prize.
For 16-year-old Simon Crimmons there is not a lot to do.
Going nowhere, fed up with school, he leaves to work as a driver on the trains.
That summer he is introduced to a world of grown-up glamour, strikes and girlfriends.
When Simon falls for the ethereal, aristocratic Varie, he finds freedom and adventure but will it be at a price?
Too 'posh' for the railways, too 'working class' for Varie, Simon must navigate what it means to be a man as his world is turned upside down.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/05/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099268765