Saturday 30 December 2017
ANDREW WEBBER - LAD (2016)
Danny Small loves life just the way it is...
It's a cheeky Nando's. It's a big sesh down the gym. It's double shots of Sambuca. It's a scrap at closing time. It's a few Stellas before kick off. It's larging it in Marbella. It's not being tied down. It's working hard and playing harder. It's a relentless cycle of booze, birds and banter. It's the lad's life.
...but when everyone else is growing up and moving on, life in the fast lane gets pretty lonely.
Danny's mates are settling down. Girls are demanding commitment. His boss is onto his schemes. Even his mum's on his case. Does the banter finally have to stop, or does a real lad just crank it up a notch?
"A brilliant and brutal look at UK lad culture...It's witty, shocking, thought-provoking and sad - Five Stars" - Tracy Fenton, Founder of The Book Club on Facebook
"A witty and stinging satire of lad culture" - TV Life magazine, Daily Star on Sunday
An enjoyable encounter with Andrew Webber and his hero or villain (dependent on your perspective) Danny Small.
Danny is a LAD! Birds, booze, football, fights and more birds. Good looking, gift of the gab, nice clothes, six-pack and a beast in the sack. A wide-boy at work, some dodgy side deals going on, to fund the lifestyle to which he has become accustomed, which is basically booze, birds, football, a flash motor and the odd-lad's holiday where we can get away from it all with more booze and birds.
Spending a lot of time inside Danny's head, as time progresses and the regular f-buddies disappear from his calendar and a couple of his mates grow up and settle down, we learn of his insecurities and discover a romantic bruising in the past, which may explain his attitude and outlook on life.
Danny now needs a fresh start and to settle down with Sarah. Can this leopard really change his spots?
I really enjoyed this one, and was thoroughly entertained throughout. Danny - while I wouldn't let him anywhere near my daughters - was good company and I was both thrilled and appalled at his bravado and lifestyle. Why wasn't I just a bit more like Danny when I was younger?
Funny, eye-opening and more than a little bit sad. Entertained throughout. From my long ago youthful experiences (observer more than participant), Webber nails the lad-culture.
4.5 from 5
Andrew Webber has another book to his name - Today, which I would definitely be interested in checking out after reading this one.
He's on Twitter - @mrandrewwebber
Read in December, 2017
Published - 2016
Page count - 218
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Format - Kindle