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My Name is Yip: Shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize

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Later, after Yip is separated from Dud, he’s gathered under the wing of the roguish Jim Coyne, travelling onwards in his wagon. I love the compelling narrator , somehow a cross between Charles Dickens's David Copperfield and Charles Portis's Mattie Ross. Paul Howarth, author of Only Killers and Thieves * I love the compelling narrator, somehow a cross between Charles Dickens's David Copperfield and Charles Portis's Mattie Ross. Clare Clark, author of Savage Lands * What a marvel this novel by Paddy Crewe is, what an unlooked-for firecracker of fury and beauty and rage and hope. An uneventful life, until gold is discovered nearby and Yip is caught up in a bloody, grievous crime forcing him to flee.

What a marvel this novel by Paddy Crewe is, what an unlooked-for firecracker of fury and beauty and rage and hope.Once you get used to it, it reads very easily though - it is very consistently maintained throughout the novel. With its colorful description of people and places, comic backbone, and compelling narrator, My Name Is Yip is a bold adventure––a gripping tale of courage, struggle, hope, and brotherhood––that reckons with the seductive pull of the American South and its dark and complex histories.

It’s also a rollicking, page-turning wild west adventure, populated by a cast of arresting grotesques, with luminous imagery and an unforgettable protagonist. Yip's story is not a happy one, it's one of suffering, pain and injustice, despite this, I couldn't pull myself away. On the positive side, the chapters are really short, encouraging you to continue despite the lack of action.The bar is high when it comes to coming of age westerns, and despite a different and appealing protagonist narrator, 14 year old Yip, this falls way short.

It’s here that Crewe’s powers of evoking landscape and character really begin to soar, with Melvillian prose full of striking unexpected phrases. This is a raw and gritty tale of 19th century America told through the voice of a protagonist who has no voice. Mute but eloquent, Yip comes thrillingly into our midst to unfurl his singular and singing book of revelations. I also felt like this story had no concept of time and I couldn’t tell how long Yip was away from home.It's got the diction (King James Bible minus all grammar), it's got a frame story of an older, wiser narrator looking back on his youth, and it's filthy - as in grit, grime, grease and legions of unwashed bodies.

My name is Yip “ is so beautifully written, even though some of it is difficult to read due to man’s inhumanity to man, nevertheless, it’s a cracking adventure story set in the lawless 19th century Mid West, amidst the Georgia gold rush - a tale of courage, struggle, hope and comradeship.My Name Is Yip is a tremendous novel, one that both harks back and burns the way forward, that is built of sentences that sing and roar. And, as Yip and Dud’s odyssey takes them further into the unknown – via travelling shows, escaped slaves and the greed of gold-hungry men – the pull of home only gets stronger.

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