- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dirty Old Town (And Other Stories) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
"Taking a Line for a Walk"
"Dirty Old Town"
"One Hundred and Ten Percent"
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...
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I honestly don’t know what this book was about. Great title, but what Old Town? I still don’t know. Is it Glasgow, London, Manchester, a little fishing village in Scotland, I don’t... Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Karl Wiggins
Flawed people in extreme circumstances. These stories are well written tales about people from the wrong side of town. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I read the book in one sitting - the stories were quite different from each-other, and although there was slight cliche here and there, on the whole they were original and... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Pulmanomancer
I came to Nigel Bird's work after reading the very enjoyable collections that he helped oversee, Pulp Ink 1 and 2. I wanted to see more of his own work and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Mets6986
This is a very well-written book of short stories. I am enjoying shorts more and more since I bought my kindle. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by Ignite
Was there one in this nihilistic vision of life without sense?
Some of the stories are good, not a lot of them, mind, and some are worth nothing with no perceptible... Read more
I first met Nigel Bird through participating in his fun interview weblog, DANCING WITH MYSELF. I've been keeping a stack of ebooks, his accomplished short story collection DIRTY... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Ed Lynskey,
Nigel Bird's bleak style plays well in this collection of narratives. His characters bleed off the page and into your consciousness. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Jason W. Stuart
Nigel Bird's collection DIRTY OLD TOWN is a nice surprise (and only 99 cents, amazingly!) His pacing, wit, and zinger endings are terrific. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Low Zoo
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