Striding forth:
Stephen Foster’s novel Strides has just come out in paperback from Faber & Faber. This ex builder, who many claim is “better than Nick Hornby”, grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, and his first book was It Cracks Like Breaking Skin“A novel about what it is to grow up. On street corners and market stalls, in back kitchens and swimming pools, across the walkways and the terraces of Stoke-on-Trent, Hewitt the man faces Hewitt the boy. Finding rare passion in the ordinary moments, he discovers what he is, who he might have been.” After the filming of two of my favorite West Midlands novels, Anita & Me and Changing Places, perhaps Foster’s work will be next?