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Review of Lily Poole by Jack O'Donnell


One of the most brutally honest writers I’ve read. The story centres around a troubled teenage lad and the little girl he befriends—but this is no regular child. This book is a stunning portrayal of inner-city life in the ’70s.



The author is a true Scot, but not the gentle highland kilted kind that owns a whiskey distillery. He’s a gritty Glaswegian, and his writing reflects the place and the people he loves.



Lily Poole is fantastic. He writes hard, but with such an undiluted, honest tenderness that you know every detail about his characters—especially the things he doesn’t write. In this book, I most connected with the author’s understanding of people. The detail, the dialect, the sheer gritty truth—One of my favourite books.






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