Review

Paul Kennedy's Funkytown takes in football, city-edge adolescence and lost innocence

By Frank O'Shea
October 15 2021 - 1:00pm
Paul Kennedy, finding his way. Picture: Joanne Quinn
  • Funkytown, by Paul Kennedy. Affirm Press, $32.99.

There is a kind of unwritten formula for books, whether fictional stories or accounts of the lives of real people. The central character is shown to have difficulties which must be overcome, perhaps against great odds. As the narrative progresses, that person has slow success until at the end, the problems have been solved and the character is seen in a good light. Applies as much to a Lee Child novel as to a political biography.

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