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Needles and Skins, by Sam Stilton
Like Glasgow itself, Needles and Skins doesn’t pull any punches. The
reader is drawn into a squalid den of defilement, humiliation and
misery. The reader is absorbed into a way of life best looked at
through bullet-proof glass.
Needles and Skins, is about broken hearts, broken lives and broken
noses. It relates to the difficulties encountered by good families born
into the wrong communities. Such decaying environments eat their
It is a social trap from which few escape, it is where human nature is
at its most raw but unforgiving. However, throughout it all shines a
light of hope and fulfilment.
Rarely have people been delivered up to such challenges by uncaring
fate. For some there is no way out. They are consumed. For others
Gorbals maws will be avoided, but at what price?
It is an environment where young mothers, desperate to feed their
children, offer sordid sex in return for a small return from their
social security allowance. Commonplace: the exchange of sordid
encounters for the next spliff. Exposed are acts of gratuitous
violence in a hell where the man who keeps order carries a
knuckleduster and keep his trouser flies open.
It is a no holds barred grim trail that leaves the reader aching from
the nightmare vision of murder, gang rape, drug abuse, paedophilia,
casual violence and theft; The theft of every last vestige of human
Based throughout, on the true stories of
those happy and
not so happy souls; who populated the less salubrious Govan, Maryhill
and Gorbals; the urban hinterlands of Scotland’s darker side of Glasgow
Stilton (Standard Copyright License)
Plurals Media Ltd
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