Welcome to Every Town in Britain, an awesome abyss where cultures and communities come together, but only with the help of riot gear, and where drugs aren't a trendy cliche but a necessary evil, consumed not just to get off but to get by. Post-industrial but far from post-class, the people in this forgotten corner of the world are waiting for what comes next - and running out of patience. Made in Britain is a story about growing up in a place like this. Connected by circumstance, the three sixteen-year-old narrators weave a twisted tale of love, lost youth and good old-fashioned violence spanning school, GCSEs and the longest summer holiday of their lives.
'A poignant tale of the "feral underclass"...what makes the book special is its portrayal of the particular fates of three teenagers who stand for a generation while being utterly and completely themselves.'--Jenn Ashworth, Guardian 'Our disgustingly out of touch Prime Minister would do well to read this shocking, heart-wrenching tale of no-hope in the recession hit, morally devalued North.'--Daily Mirror 'In a world of closed factories and stinking canals, of sex in the school loos, of knives and drugs and moral and economic disintegration, this novel could have been one enormous cliche. It isn't, though. While not excusing, or attempting to excuse, its protagonists it does succeed in explaining and humanising them. A visceral look at modern society...it will haunt the reader.'--Observer 'A beautifully written story of post-industrial youth.'--Owen Jones, author of CHAVS 'Thanks to the riots, you can't move for hapless explanations for disaffected teenagers. Bower knows what he's talking about. The dark young novelist is the writer pontificating politicians should have on the bedside table.'--GQ 'Made in Britain reveals the moment in our lives when we begin to shed off our childhood and wait impatiently to become adults. With studied detail, Gavin James Bower has crafted a blistering novel about desire and longing out of the conflicting aspirations of British youth. I loved it.'--Lee Rourke, award-winning author of The Canal 'As British as sex behind the bike sheds or a kebab shop punch up.'--Iain Aitch, author of We're British, Innit: An Irreverent A to Z of All Things British 'Bloody, brutal and swift...like Brighton Rock with sexting.'--Gay Times 'Drugs and sex and violence are simply something to pass the time with in places where manufacturing has died. This novel doesn't shy away from the unpretty racial tension, either. It's a lean book about having to survive but not quite letting your dreams go. Gavin James Bower evokes the escape exits from those post-industrial towns so well. Sadly for many they remain simply chemical.'--Suzanne Moore 'A serious attempt at writing about the 1990s generation...Bower gets into the teenage head so well that you start to think the book was written by a teenager...the language is so emotive at times it makes you wince.'--3:AM Magazine 'If I was 16, trying to learn the difference between right and wrong in a country where it's ok for chief execs and bankers to take what they want at the same time as we chastise a few hoodies for smashing windows, Gavin James Bower might be the voice of my generation.'--Bookmunch