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Swing Hammer Swing! ➹ [Reading] ➻ Swing Hammer Swing! By Jeff Torrington ➮ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk An energetic, irreverent and very funny New York Times Book Review first novel set in Glasgow during a single week in the late sixties Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called it a rich Scotch b An energetic, irreverent and very funny New York Times Book Review first novel Swing Hammer MOBI :Ê set in Glasgow during a single week in the late sixties Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called it a rich Scotch broth of language, steaming with metaphorand pungent dialect Winner of Britain s Whitbread Book of the Year Award.


10 thoughts on “Swing Hammer Swing!

  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Oh the brogue Now lads and lassies, I don a mind a bit a brogue, but wha s a bloke from the States supos ta mak a dis Maggie, god rest re, never had tae hinge her back tae mend oor fire bunker aye full tae the gunnels, so it was Or this Cauld enough tae make a polar bear greet snaw never aff the grun Ok, so you have to work at it It s a bit of a chore because ALL the dialog is like that Sometimes, despite trying I still can t get quite get it, like The shop s owner, a crabbit wee Oh the brogue Now lads and lassies, I don a mind a bit a brogue, but wha s a bloke from the States supos ta mak a dis Maggie, god rest re, never had tae hinge her back tae mend oor fire bunker aye full tae the gunnels, so it was Or this Cauld enough tae make a polar bear greet snaw never aff the grun Ok, so you have to work at it It s a bit of a chore because ALL the dialog is like that Sometimes, despite trying I still can t get quite get it, like The shop s owner, a crabbit wee nyaff Or Just two points short of a back n front in wan of the good bits up by Sometimes a proper noun is used and you don t know if it refers to a person, a town or a bar The novel is set in the late 1960 s in Gorbals, the worst slum in Glasgow Urban renewal slum clearance is going on thus the title and only a few buildings, mostly flats and bars, remain standing The main character lives in one of these walk up flats on the list for demolition cold water, coal stove, a communal toilet shared by 14 people If you look at pictures at this web site, it s hard to believe that people lived in these conditions in Europe at that time.http flashbak.com powerful photos oAll the action takes place in about a week while the main character s wife is in the hospital awaiting a difficult delivery of their first child The main character is a 20 ish man aspiring to be a writer, repeatedly sending out to publishers the same hard copy of his novel, coffee cup rings and all, because he has pawned his typewriter He works part time as a projectionist in a decaying theater but mostly he s on the dole his wife begging him to get a real job now that the baby is due On his daily visits to his wife in the hospital she nags him about let s see, I ve got that list here somewhere hair long, dirty , shoes military boots, stink , clothes military jacket , drinking heavy , breath smoke, booze , job no real , money Needless to say, her family hates him There really isn t any plot to speak of Mostly he wanders from bar to bar, smoking, drinking his pints, shooting the bull, putting money on the horses and dodging bill collectors He takes advantage of his wife s absence to get some action on the side Besides the brogue, the unusual, imaginative language is tremendous a work of art It s filled with humor and irony Some passages I liked It was the kind of place you d only visit if your plane crash landed there The writings of a lunatic they looked like, bent and twisted words like an orchard through which a hurricane was racing, scattering the fruit of meaning a beefy guy with a mane of white hair which was so intricately piled on his head that it seemed a stray thought might cause it to avalanche Too many books, too few answers My jawbones crackled lightly as the yawn tautened them Imaginative to the point where it s sometimes overdone, but you still have to admire it that magnificient blonde edifice on her head It looked like the work of a topiarist though, doubtless, it d been created by her own bare hands, a blowgun, a gallon of hair lacquer, a few hundred hairpins, clasps and side combs With its French combed flying buttresses, curlicues, intricately coiled donjons and barbicans, it, apart from being a hairstyle, might also qualify as a listed building About as comforting as would be the sight of a burning petrol station to a roadweary driver riding a tankful of echoes was the view ahead of me The novel won the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1992 The author was a factory worker who published it as his first book at age 57, 30 years after he started it I give it a 5 for imagination and 4 for story but I have to settle on a 3 for the difficulties with the language Still highly recommended if you re game Photos from the flashbak.com website


  2. Stephen Robert Collins Stephen Robert Collins says:

    I saw this book when the Sunday Times did whole page on The Winner of the Whitbread Prize for first novel 32,000 hell of lot now but in 1992 for a older man in his 70s was blood wonder This very funny book even now after 25 ys I can still remember bits of it including bit about a frying pan a dead budgie I saw this book when the Sunday Times did whole page on The Winner of the Whitbread Prize for first novel 32,000 hell of lot now but in 1992 for a older man in his 70s was blood wonder This very funny book even now after 25 ys I can still remember bits of it including bit about a frying pan a dead budgie


  3. Jenaca Jenaca says:

    I must admit I hated this at firstit reminded me of James Joyce a bit too witty and temperamental for my taste However like Joyce, the metaphors and little witty quips and smart ass remarks along the way caught me up in the meatier parts of the writing I honestly enjoy reading this novel and just wish that the author hadto offer after this publication I really was astonished to discover that the author was actually middle aged in the actual 1960s and not a 30 year old in the early I must admit I hated this at firstit reminded me of James Joyce a bit too witty and temperamental for my taste However like Joyce, the metaphors and little witty quips and smart ass remarks along the way caught me up in the meatier parts of the writing I honestly enjoy reading this novel and just wish that the author hadto offer after this publication I really was astonished to discover that the author was actually middle aged in the actual 1960s and not a 30 year old in the early 2000s I really have a craving for this novel sometimes It s like pancakesthat s the best way to describe it


  4. Alan Alan says:

    yeh great Scottish novel 30 years in the making of one week in the life of a Glaswegian drunk who visits his pregnant wife in hospital between visits to pubs and to friends Set in the 60s as the Gorbals are demolished it is funny and energetic and full of fantastic word play A rich and absorbing read, heavy with Scottish dialect found somenotes in my 1995 notebook..a kind of Glaswegian Ulysses with Cyclops the cat, the 3 sirens coming out of flats, his wife like Molly confined to bed yeh great Scottish novel 30 years in the making of one week in the life of a Glaswegian drunk who visits his pregnant wife in hospital between visits to pubs and to friends Set in the 60s as the Gorbals are demolished it is funny and energetic and full of fantastic word play A rich and absorbing read, heavy with Scottish dialect found somenotes in my 1995 notebook..a kind of Glaswegian Ulysses with Cyclops the cat, the 3 sirens coming out of flats, his wife like Molly confined to bed although here a week, not a day, she s having a baby in hospital , fags and pubs and beer and darts The Dab four Talky Sloan the Marxist ranter, given short shrift here


  5. Simon Simon says:

    yesterday I scratched ma arse Today I didnae.Brilliant book


  6. Chad Malkamaki Chad Malkamaki says:

    Torrington s tome reminded me of something right out of the Beat era A Glaswegian from the Gorbals district is letting the end of the 60s pass him by as the neighborhood is slowly dying Savoring his pubs, his friends at the local movie house, and despising his in laws, and indifferent to his wife who is waiting for their child to be born at the local hospital the hero of the story is getting by one day at a time This was finally the book that I was looking for, a look at the culture and lives Torrington s tome reminded me of something right out of the Beat era A Glaswegian from the Gorbals district is letting the end of the 60s pass him by as the neighborhood is slowly dying Savoring his pubs, his friends at the local movie house, and despising his in laws, and indifferent to his wife who is waiting for their child to be born at the local hospital the hero of the story is getting by one day at a time This was finally the book that I was looking for, a look at the culture and lives of the people that call Glasgow home, and there were many examples of the city life that went away when the government moved the citizens out of this inner city neighborhood south of the River Clyde to outlying districts that our protagonist does not want to move For anyone that likes reading the Beats, this should feel at home


  7. Trawets Trawets says:

    Set in 1960 s Gorbals, this is a week in the life of Thomas Clay, who has taken a year s sabbatical with a bad back , to write his first book.The Gorbals is in transition, the slums in which Thomas lives are being demolished, and the high rise flats are being bulit.In the course of the week, Thomas gets drunkthan once, visits his pregnant wife in hospital, committs adultary, is harangued by his in laws, stands up to a childhood bully, is almost killed by hard line Protestants, witnesses Set in 1960 s Gorbals, this is a week in the life of Thomas Clay, who has taken a year s sabbatical with a bad back , to write his first book.The Gorbals is in transition, the slums in which Thomas lives are being demolished, and the high rise flats are being bulit.In the course of the week, Thomas gets drunkthan once, visits his pregnant wife in hospital, committs adultary, is harangued by his in laws, stands up to a childhood bully, is almost killed by hard line Protestants, witnesses a murder and much .This was Jeff Torrington s only novel and though set, by my calculation in 1968, Beatles Yellow Submarine, Apollo space program etc, it apparently took thirty years to write, and this occasionally shows in some of the dialogue which have I think later references This small matter apart, I found this a thoroughly entertaining book, readers South of the border may struggle occaisionmally, but should go with the flow


  8. Eric Eric says:

    A blurb on the back says this novel is somewhere in that hinterland where Damon Runyon meets James Joyce I think I might throw in a little J.P Donleavy as well When I read a Glasgow author it always takes me a while to get into the rhythm and dialect, but I am always rewarded for sticking with it There s plenty of humor and pathos as Tam stumbles through the week before Christmas just trying not to fall under the hammer like the rest of his Glasgow slum You notice there s no plot The A blurb on the back says this novel is somewhere in that hinterland where Damon Runyon meets James Joyce I think I might throw in a little J.P Donleavy as well When I read a Glasgow author it always takes me a while to get into the rhythm and dialect, but I am always rewarded for sticking with it There s plenty of humor and pathos as Tam stumbles through the week before Christmas just trying not to fall under the hammer like the rest of his Glasgow slum You notice there s no plot The author will address that issue in character during the story


  9. Lynne Torrington Lynne Torrington says:

    Bit of info on the author he was 57 when he won the whitbread book of the year in 1992 He was not in his seventies when he wrote it, as he died at the age of 72 in 2008 Also he was between 25 35yrs old in the sixties.


  10. Jack O& Jack O& says:

    Swing Hammer Swing won the Whitbread Book of the Year I like whitebread, but scientists with Twitter feeds say it s no good for ducks or swans The latter can t moult and the young are unable to fly This book does fly, but doesnae go very far It s the Gorbals, Scobie Street, when all the houses were falling down and the less well healed populist sent on their way The ne er do well narrator Tam Clay, 28, wordsmith and would be author is aware that Scabie Street has its faults, all of which Swing Hammer Swing won the Whitbread Book of the Year I like whitebread, but scientists with Twitter feeds say it s no good for ducks or swans The latter can t moult and the young are unable to fly This book does fly, but doesnae go very far It s the Gorbals, Scobie Street, when all the houses were falling down and the less well healed populist sent on their way The ne er do well narrator Tam Clay, 28, wordsmith and would be author is aware that Scabie Street has its faults, all of which he s keen to document, and even the rats have tucked their tails in and, moved out, enmasse, but an invitation to visit the housing office in Castlemilk, or the option of the high rise Barlinnies in the sky , doesn t appeal It s a Friday to Friday stretch in the falling down life of Tam Clay Plot is where you bury somebody so he would have the reader believe, but you can t believe a word Tam Clay says On the day of Talky Sloan s funeral, for example, Matt Lucas pelted by snowballs, undisguised as bricks, and dressed in strips of sheet as The Mummy to advertise Planet Cinemas screening of a film of the same name, stumbled onto the road and is knocked down by a bubble car But a lot has happened since the reader had come in on the opening paragraph a week and 406 pages prior to that, with Matt s wife Rhona in the Maternity waiting to have their first child and his in laws none too happy about Tam s decision to devote himself to drink, and dereliction of duty and finding the right path not to work, so he can find time to work on his writing, isn t as easy as it sounds A problem many of us are familiar with Something really weird was happening in the Gorbals from the battered hulk of the Planet Cinema in Scobie Street a deepsea diver was emerging He hesitated, bamboozled, maybe by the shimmering fathoms of light, the towering rockfaces of the snow coraled tenements After a few moments the diver allowed the vestibule door to swing closed behind him then, taking small steps, he came out onto the pavement which in the area sheltered by the sagging canopy bore only a thin felt of snow Up the quiet little grave for privileged snowflakes desecrating feet had trudged a pathway which shone with a seal like lustre Characters like Tam s bosom buddy, Paddy Cullen, who would spend Eternity chasing a mobile pub barefooted across a jagged terrain of smashed whisky bottles leap from the page, but no very quickly, because they re usually pissed I think this is called, indirect free style But like the Dab Four, the Beatles 1968 hit film, which come Judgement Day they hope can save Planet Cinema shutting once and for all, all you need is love Jeff Torrington loves his city and loves his characters He does not bring them to life and leave them stumbling around a cardboard Glasgow mumbling lines nobody want to listen to Nor does he fall from character to caricature, which, admittedly is easily done, and as Torrington tended to do in his follow up novel The Devil s Carousel and which really did not have a plot, or even a story worth listening to Swing Hammer Swing really does sing If you want to know what it was like in Glasgow, in the Gorbals for the ordinary man, or even the odd woman, like Becky that bit on the side whose man beats her, then read this If you want to know how to mix four parts hypocrisy to three parts religion read this It s right up there as a Glasgow and international classic alongside that jewel in the crown, Ralph Glasser, Growing Up in the Gorbals


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