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SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY A black and blue tragicomic tale of one boys suburban teenage angst, set against a violent yet exciting backdrop of pubs, punk rock, prison, police and perverts during the 1970's and 80's, ultimately culminating in a wonderful performance on 'Stars in their Eyes' one of Britain's most successful and iconic television shows. From innocence to experience: Gripping, compelling, true and very honest memoirs of a painful adolescence. The proverbial 'Angelic Upstart' who as a young boy escaped from bullies and perverts alike, rebelling against his family and the world. A petty thief, almost institutionalised, a convicted re-offending juvenile sent to youth prison and a cruel and deadly psychiatric borstal, having to deal with intimidation and ultra violent inmates at every turn. Living in a hostile suburban town, becoming part of the teenage driven musical revolution that was Punk Rock, growing up amidst inflamed violence and rivalry between warring gangs of skinheads, teddy boys, mods, rockers, and soulboys, and then whilst the town's local population were begrudgingly being forced to accept this new 'melting pot' of anti establishment youth culture, reluctantly became involved in a near fatal incident that left him desperately fighting for his life. Eventually deciding to 'go straight', only to discover he was in possession of an amazing singing voice, but sadly ill equipped, without the emotional skills to deal with complements and praise, left feeling inadequate, lacking confidence and self belief, deeming himself to be worthless and never amounting to anything. Eventually stepping into the limelight, performing with many local bands, slowly conquering his fears and winning acclaim from his peers, 'See You Next Tuesday' is a wonderfully entertaining and particularly candid coming of age story that spans a very revealing and formative twenty years, written primarily to exorcise any lingering demons, but also written for the hundreds of young borstal boys without a voice, who were locked up and mentally scarred by their prison experiences, unable to share their pain as the key was thrown away, and then further let down by a system that displayed complete indifference and really did not care. A great book from a first time author, filled with happiness, sadness, irony, comedic moments, reflections, anecdotes and some incredibly unbelievable adventures.