One Inch Wonders #10: Urban Grimshaw And The Shed Crew

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July 9, 2011 by markstani

Bernard Hare’s ‘Urban Grimshaw And The Shed Crew’ (Hodder, 1995) has been described as a British ‘City of God’. It’s a deeply affecting trawl through the east Leeds underclass, focusing on a group of illiterate, junkie and criminal kids who have been utterly failed by the system. Hare, a former social worker who drops out and forges a unique friendship with Urban, a prominent member of the self-styled ‘Shed Crew’, wastes no opportunity to rail against his former profession. Riveting and tragic, it deserves much greater acclaim. There was also talk of a sequel, though it never came to pass. Shame.

Approaching the shed, I noticed graffiti on the gable above the door. There was an A in a circle, the Anarchy symbol, an E in a circle, the Ecstasy symbol, and a smily face with a crooked mouth in a circle, the symbol of the chemical generation. ‘The Shed Crew’ was written bold above the door. Above that in a smaller script was scrawled, ‘The Untouchables!’.

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One thought on “One Inch Wonders #10: Urban Grimshaw And The Shed Crew

  1. Anonymous says:

    hi – re your " ztr post" 19/03 16/03 please email and i will get back to you this is a second hand one regards james

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