The Sopranos, Paperback
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The choir from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School for Girls is being bussed to the national finals in the big, big city. And it's an important day for The Sopranos - Orla, Kylah, (Ra)Chell, Amanda Konky and Fionnula (the Cooler) - pub-crawling, shoplifting and body-piercing being the top priorities.

Then it's time to lose that competition - lose, because a nuclear sub has just anchored in the bay and, tonight, the Man Trap disco will be full of submariners on shore-leave.

There is no time for delays...But after the fifth bottle of alco-pop up the back of the bus it's clear that all is not going to plan, for anyone.

The Sopranos are never going to be the same.




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I read a good review of the sequel to this book, The Stars in the Bright Sky, so picked this up at my local library. It was a good read and well written. Like Irvine Welsh, Warner uses Scottish slang which forces the reader to take their time reading it (well, readers who aren't Scottish). It also meant that I really felt like I was watching the events described as a bystander.The plot focuses on a group of Catholic schoolgirls who are off to sing in a singing competition in a big city (probably Edinburgh) but who manage to engage in underage sex and drinking to a mindboggling extent before well and truly losing the competition. At times I questioned Warner's right to tell the story of sex-mad teenage girls and I did feel uncomfortable with some of the plot throughout, but generally it was a gripping read and I would like to read the sequel.