Troubador We Are Not The Bad Guys

Released: 28/10/2019

ISBN: 9781838590758

eISBN: 9781838599850

Format: Paperback/eBook

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We Are Not The Bad Guys

A Story of Power, Parrots and Refusing to Get Used to Stuff


Like so many others, Mark and Zoe have reasons to despise Sir Nigel Percy and his crooked business practices. They have a plan to extract revenge that’s so brilliant, it’s certain to make them heroes down the Coach and Horses. When it all goes wrong, they spend the next thirty-six hours wishing they had never heard of Arsen Facen or his pet kakapo.

With professional thieves, hired henchmen and the forces of law and order chasing them around the streets of South Manchester, they are forced to rely on the protection of new friends and unlikely allies. Can a collection of society’s bad guys help them stay free of their pursuers long enough for them to figure out what is going on? Or, will they have to pay the price for refusing to get used to the way things are?

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

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.

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