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Length: 102 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Minor (December 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LROUDG
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Nigel Bird was born in Liverpool in the sixties,grew up in Preston, Lancashire and migrated south to study in London. During that time, he enjoyed many of the cultural benefits of the city and qualified as a primary school teacher. Among other things, he lived for several years on a narrow boat on the Regent's canal.

He moved to Scotland at the end of 1999 in the hope that he could begin the new century with a clean slate. He currently lives in Dunbar (Sunny Dunny) on Scotland's east coast with his wife and three children.

Nigel has been writing for many years. He co-edited the Rue Bella magazine between 1998 and 2003 with his brother, Geoff. He has won a number of small prizes for his poetry and short fiction and hopes that his longer work will be equally well-received one day.

He is the author of a number of short-story collections, novellas and novels including Southsiders, Mr Suit, Smoke and Dirty Old Town.

As well as writing, he continues to teach and is currently a Support for Learning teacher in Tranent.

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By Heath on February 7, 2011
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There's nine stories here, and each one offers a unique little slice of filthy life. From the downbeat last day of a tormented old janitor in "Taking a Line for a Walk" to the dark and clever humor of the Ramones-inspired "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight)", Bird displays a remarkable insight into what makes the lowlifes and losers of the world tick.
He's at his best with the stories written in first person, and fortunately that's the majority of them. It's the voice, man: it's authentic and sincere and real, shot through with remarkable bits of insightful black humor.
Like this one, from the title story, "Dirty Old Town", which starts with the narrator getting the bee-jeezus beaten out of him:
"It was like my birthday in reverse. They gave plenty and I ended up with less than I started with."
That line kills me.
At .99 cents on Kindle, this is the kind of bargain you don't wanna miss. Bird is the real deal.
Favorite stories:
"Taking a Line for a Walk"
"Dirty Old Town"
"One Hundred and Ten Percent"
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Nigel Bird walks a tightrope. He's a writer capable of great brutality, quick wit, and stunning grace, and you'll often find all three in the same story. The first story I read of his made me stand up and take notice, and everything I've read since has proven this particular pony's got a whole big bag of tricks.

Speaking of tricks, the price point of this baby's gotta be one. Nine stories from a guy at the top of his game for under a buck? I don't know what he's playing at, but I say snatch it up while the snatching is good...
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Most modern noir I've read is purely centered on crime, revenge- the dirty deeds. Nigel Bird's `Dirty Old Town' takes this a step further, digging underneath the dirty deeds to the mere oil slick black soul of it. There is depth, humanity, an ironic sense of humor mimicking real life. His stories reach in and ask questions, where most noir forces the answer without taking the time to build the question. I find this incredibly refreshing and it shows Nigel's talent. I would love to read a longer work by this writer. For lovers of noir and crime this collection is a must read.
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Nigel Bird's "Dirty Old Town" is a collection of 9 dark slices of (low) life from the award winning short story writer. The stories are nicely varied in tone and structure. My favorites are the deeply sad tale of a school janitor's last day "Taking a Line for a Walk" and the humorous tale of father/son thieves "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight)".
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This collection of 9 short stories has something for everyone - a dad and son burglary team, a pimp, a frustrated housewife. Every story is really well-written and each brings its own charms and surprises. The stories are really varied - touching, menacing, chilling, sad, violent - but what they all have is honesty and immediacy. My favourites were SISTERHOOD with its theme of getting revenge on racists, the title story DIRTY OLD TOWN - a thoroughly nasty little tale set in a gym, and MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DON'T WANT TO FIGHT TONIGHT) a heart-warming Christmas tale of a father and son burglary team. Really good stuff. I always look forward to one of Nigel's short stories because I know I'm going to get something fresh and exciting.
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One thing I like about Nigel Bird's stories is that he doesn't look down his nose at the people in them - and they seem like people.Real people. People who've been around the block and people who have knocked a few blocks off. And both.

Also, he touches on so many worlds! An Olympic team! A school caretaker! Small time crims!

In the hands of someone like James 'butterfingers' Kellman, these stories could seem heavy handed and self serving but not when Nigel Bird is molding them into something special.

Dirty Old Town is a top collection.
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British crime short stories have always been a favourite of mine...but there is something a little different here. Sure there is violence, death, drugs, all the usual suspects - but Nigel's ability to crack open the doorway to the motivations of the violence and crime is what made me really like this collection. Not every story was a favourite, but there was much more great than just good.
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Bird can tell a tale about a custodian in a school and on the next page switch to a story about dark, violent murders. And each story is completely different, yet completely compelling. The author's voice carries you along, not fitting a certain style, but sounding exactly the way you'd expect the character to sound. Well done, challenging writing here. Definitely worth picking up.
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