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Ten Storey Love Song - Richard Milward


By Andrew Vaughan


Feted by seemingly everybody from Radio 4 to Irvine Welsh Richard Milward’s second novel will not suffer from lack of promotion. But is it any good and can this twenty-three-year old from Middlesboro really be the saviour of working class literature as is being mooted by many? Well, possibly.


His first novel Apples promised much - and is currently being adapted for the screen – yet to this reviewer it lacked a truly authentic voice. Ten Storey Love Song again evokes the experience of being young and working class in northern England. Based in a tower block in Middlesborough Bobby the Artist lives on pills on toast, acid on crackers and accepts the loving admiration of his sweet-guzzling girlfriend.


However his art work catches the eye of Bent Lewis, a famous and eccentric London art critic. With the enthusiastic support of his fellow residents and friends Bobby the Artist sways towards stardom and all the glitz and glamour of a tortured artist. Fun, frolics and hedonism ensue.


Ambitious and well-crafted this monologue is written in one long adrenaline-fed paragraph. Hallucinogenic highs and lows are described as Ten Storey Love Song steams ahead at a vigorous pace. Milward is a considerable talent and this is a step up from his debut novel. Irvine Welsh fans and Stone Roses (the title is a name of a Roses’ song) fans will adore the book. This reviewer can only – without a hint of jealously (honestly) – admire the young lad.





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