The Young Team

Graeme Armstrong

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01 April 2021
400 pages

The Times top ten bestseller
Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award & Betty Trask Award 2021

‘An instant Scottish classic’The Skinny
‘A swaggering, incendiary debut’Guardian
Trainspotting for a new generation’Independent
‘Dialect that fizzes off the page’Observer
‘One of the most admired young voices in British fiction’The Times

2005. Glasgow is named Europe’s Murder Capital, driven by a violent territorial gang and knife culture. In the housing schemes of adjacent Lanarkshire, Scotland’s former industrial heartland, wee boys become postcode warriors.

2004. Azzy Williams joins the Young Team [YTP]. A brutal gang conflict with their deadly rivals, the Young Toi [YTB] begins.

2012. Azzy dreams of another life. He faces his toughest fight of all – the fight for a different future.

Expect Buckfast. Expect bravado. Expect street philosophy. Expect rave culture. Expect anxiety. Expect addiction. Expect a serious facial injury every six hours. Expect murder.

Hope for a way out.

Inspired by the experiences of its author, Graeme Armstrong, The Young Team is an energetic novel, full of the loyalty, laughs, mischief, boredom, violence and threat of life on these streets. It looks beyond the tabloid stereotypes to tell a powerful story about the realities of life for young people in Britain today.

A swaggering, incendiary debut . . . The non-standard English forges a dazzling poetry of its own . . . pitches Armstrong straight into the first division of Scottish writers.

Jude Cook, Guardian

The Young Team is a landmark in Scottish literature. It reminds me of Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby.

Damian Barr, author of Maggie & Me

Armstrong’s hard-hitting novel is Trainspotting for a new generation.