Graeme Armstrong’s debut novel The Young Team was published to huge acclaim with comparisons made to Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting. The Young Team shows the seductive power of belonging to a gang and the destructive impact of violence and drug and alcohol addiction. It follows the path of Azzy from the age of 14 when he first joins the gang, his descent into drug addiction, to his eventual rehabilitation and escape at the age of 21. The book has an extraordinary energy and humour that gives an authentic insight into lives that rarely feature in fiction.
Graeme Armstrong is originally from Airdrie. His own teenage years were spent within North Lanarkshire’s gang culture. He was inspired to study English Literature after reading Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting at just sixteen. He defied expectations and studied English at Stirling University after overcoming his own struggles with violence and drug abuse. Graeme visits schools and prisons and promotes an anti-violence message as well as abstinence-based recovery. This is a great opportunity to hear from a wonderful new voice who genuinely is in touch with the harsh realities of life for many young people.
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