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David Belbin
Tindal Street (2011)
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David Lawrence Belbin (born 19 January 1958) is an English novelist. He was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire and has lived in Nottingham since attending the University of Nottingham where he earned a degree in English Literature and American Studies

David Lawrence Belbin (born 19 January 1958) is an English novelist. He was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire and has lived in Nottingham since attending the University of Nottingham where he earned a degree in English Literature and American Studies. After university, he taught English and Media Studies in Nottingham before becoming a full-time writer in 1994. Since 2002, he has worked part-time at Nottingham Trent University, where he teaches Creative Writing.

Late night working had cured him of waking early, but he doubted he’d ever get rid of the prison dreams. Today, he didn’t hear the doorbell ring, but did hear the voice shouting his name. it was a cellmate and he had overslept. Then he remembered where he wa. Hold on!’. Nick pulled on a sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms before opening the door. He expected a meter reader, but found a familiar face. Are you going to invite me in or just stand there like a dummy?’Nick had given his old friend the new address, but never expected him to visit.

Author: David Belbin. Publisher: Tindal Street Press, 2011. At university in 1984 Sarah Bone and Nick Cane are very much in love, united in politics and protest. But when one chooses to join the police, they’re sent down very different paths. In Nottingham, 1997, Labour MP Sarah Bone celebrates a successful campaign to secure an appeal for convicted murderer Ed Clark. But at the party she discovers, in the most frightening way, that he might be guilty after all.

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Nick Cane is fresh out of the same prison as Ed Clarke . But Ed Clarke may not be the simple villain he presents himself as – and, when the election of a generation heats up, both Bone and Cane's convictions are tested to the limit. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Nick Cane is fresh out of the same prison as Ed Clarke, having served five years for growing wholesale amounts of cannabis in the caves beneath his old flat. A former teacher, political activist and love of Sarah Bone's life, the only option open for him in 1997 is driving a cab illegally for his brother's firm – where he meets Ed Clarke again as a colleague and becomes Polly Wright's casual lover.

For James and Jane Urquhart. Members of Parliament can be many things.

uk for several weeks. It introduces an "unusual and dynamic crime partnership", according to regional fiction specialists Tindal Street Press (a pretty dynamic bunch themselves - three Booker nominations since 2003). Sarah Bone is young, female and a Labour MP, still in opposition in early 1997. She has made a name for herself as a campaigner for penal reform.

Bone and Cane (Paperback). David Belbin (author). Sarah Bone, Labour MP, is about to face the election battle of her life. Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers. At least she's had some good publicity. On the night Sarah celebrates the overturning of Ed Clark's conviction for murdering a policeman and his wife - her personal triumph - he sexually assaults her and brags that he did kill them, and more. As the murdered policeman's sister Polly Bolton demands justice, Sarah's obsession with the case deepens.

  • kolos
This is the first book I have read by this author and it's probably outside of my usual comfort zone.

To be honest, I'm not quite sure precisely which genre this novel would most easily sit in!

I felt the story was a blend of different genres:
Crime - Ed Clark has successfully appealed his conviction for a double murder with support from MP, Sarah Bone;
Politics - the background and setting predominantly encompasses New Labour's success and Sarah's role as she fights to retain her Parliamentary seat;
Drug dealing - Sarah's ex boyfriend, Nick Cane, has also recently been released from prison after serving time for drug dealing;
Romance - Will Sarah and Nick's relationship from University days be re-kindled? Or will other associations for the main characters remain at the forefront?
Violence & rape - yes, there's also some of that thrown into the mix for good measure!

I believe David Belbin was very successful as a Young Author and his writing experience certainly shows through - the story is very well written and the characters are well developed.

I found myself quickly drawn into the storyline and eager to see what direction this obviously talented storywriter was going to take his characters down.

I have no deep interest in politics yet the narrative succeeded in holding my attention.

I have to admit I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying this book and read it in a couple of days.

I would recommend it even if you initially feel it's 'not quite your cup of tea' - you might be as surprised as I was!
  • Rgia
I don't usually read mysteries, but Bone & Cane caught my eye, with its evocative black & white front cover and its back cover description of the main characters, Labour MP Sarah Bone and her ex-boyfriend from their political protest days, Nick Cane.

Sure enough, Bone & Cane turns is not only an incredibly intense page-turner, but Sarah Bone turns out to be a quite wonderful lead character- smart, sexy, independent, and very realistic. The plot involves a convicted double murderer, whom at the start of the novel, Sarah gets freed from prison because of lack of evidence, but then who appears to be guilty after all. Ex-boyfriend Nick reappears in Sarah's life, after serving five years for cannabis cultivation, and very interesting links develop between Nick and the alleged murderer. We then learn about Sarah and Nick's past affair, all awash in politics and soft drugs while, the action takes place during the 1997 election that brought Tony Blair to power. The combined themes of crime and political power make this an intense and intelligent novel, atmospherically set in the back streets of Nottingham. Clearly Bone & Cane is a welcome addition to the rich genre of good British mysteries.

And Sarah Bone is far too good a character to be left in one novel. I sincerely hope that Bone & Cane is just the start of a series of books as good as this one.