Publication date: April 2001
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Billy’s mother is dead, and his father and brother are fiercely involved in a bitter miners’ strike that has split the local community.
Billy’s father wants his son to learn boxing, like he did, and his father before him. But Billy is fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet and is determined to dance his way to a different future.
Telling the story from the differing viewpoints of Billy, his father, his brother, and his friend Michael, Melvin Burgess has captured the spirit of the original film screenplay while demonstrating the skill and inspiration he showed in his award-winning novel, Junk.
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He’s an idiot, my brother, I hate him. He’s got good taste in music, though. He always listens to it on his headphones when I’m around so’s I can’t hear it. Like he owns the air or something. He’d wrap the music up and stick it up his arse if he could.