by Steve Hollyman
Published 8/4/21 (Influx Press)
‘A smashmouth look at the wild west nightlife of the early noughties, where you expected to get a smack as much as you did a kebab. While Lairies pulls no punches with violence, it brings the same ruthlessness to the question of why, and what happens after the adrenaline fades.’
– Ben Halls, author of The Quarry
Shaun wakes up in hospital after a fight in a local nightclub and discovers his girlfriend has been assaulted. Ade and Colbeck were there that night – the climax to weeks of escalating violence, their two-man vigilante mission to kick back against a broken generation. A misguided plan to combat the lairies that blight Britain’s bars, pubs and streets.
What really happened? And how did it come to this?
Lairies is the brilliant and brutal debut from Steve Hollyman, mapping the lives of violent young men at the start of the twenty-first century, living aimlessly but desperately hunting for purpose. Hollyman speaks to the heart of small-town Britain, offering scathing insight into masculinity, class, and the bleak realities of a man’s aimless early twenties, lifting the lid on a world most would rather ignore.