Do you remember your first crush, or falling in love with the local beauty queen? Your first illicit Strongbow down the park? The names of the rubbish songs you churned out with your band? That confusing period between childhood and adolescence, where you are trying to be grown up and get your first snogs whilst at the same time still playing with airfix models and making dens. This is a tale about suffocating British smalltown life at a particular time in the late-mid 20th Century. Life in this small town was a rollercoaster of mundane happenings. Small Town paints a portrait of the energy and melancholy at the heart of our generation, the inability to live for now and the feeling that something better is just around the corner. Too young (just) to be baby boomers and too English and uncool to call itself Generation X. It s a universal tale about dreams, ambitions, brass bands, cubs, rugby songs, football stickers, tractors, young love and valve amplifiers connected up to cheap distortion pedals, set at a time of political change and pudding basin hair. And it's all true. Apart from the stuff about girls fancying me.
Tim Bradford is an author, cartoonist and artist who lives in North London. He has written two other books, The Groundwater Diaries and Is Shane McGowan Still Alive. He has also been a cartoonist for the football magazine When Saturday Comes since 1990. He has also done a lot of work for The Guardian, The Observer and The Express.