Publication Date October 2019
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We are not the bad guys is a traditional ‘caper’ brought up to date and set in South Manchester. It harks back to the tradition of Ealing Comedy with chases, misunderstandings, mistaken identities all set in everyday locations. It is a gentle story but touches on harsh themes such as unemployment, exploitation and the plight of refugees. it is written in a clear, accessible manner with good pace. The author has been careful to avoid profanity and the violence has a slapstick quality making it suitable for secondary school libraries. The kakapo flitting across the pages is a nice production touch.
In a world where bookshelves are often over burdened with crime novels with police, or criminal, protagonists it is good to see ordinary people at the heart of narrative. A timely reminder that we can be ‘the good guys’.
by Debbie Rolls
David Goff was born in West London and has gradually made his way north via Bath, Manchester, Malaga, Hull, Swaledale and Northumberland.
He has looked after parks, run shops, paid soldiers, taught children, made chocolate and has only been sacked twice for not knowing when to keep his mouth shut.