This is a great book. I bought it after seeing a review elsewhere (boys in our books, I think) and it lives up to it's review there. I did struggle with the first couple of chapters - they are rather grim - but keep going, after this the plot, characterisation & use of language had me completely gripped & I read it straight through. I think this book is self published only, but is of much higher quality than many 'publishing house' books. Thoroughly recommended.