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Born and raised in Ickenham, West London, Pete Haynes was the drummer and a founder member of legendary punk band The Lurkers. On leaving the group he worked as a labourer on building sites and, more recently, supporting people with learning disabilities. He has written a number of plays over the years, several of which have been performed on the stage, and he has had two non-fiction works published – God’s Lonely Men and An Unlikely Fooligan. Malayan Swing is his debut novel.

Set in an unnamed area of London, Malayan Swing is narrated by Aidan, and is the story of a vulnerable man who is forced from the group home where he feels secure to live in a room in a shared flat. Aidan is an outsider and the government policy that further isolates him is called ‘care in the community’. Malayan Swing reveals a hidden world that exists on the margins of society and is a moving and heart-felt work.

God’s Lonely Men is an account of the years Pete – aka Manic Esso – spent in The Lurkers, and offers an honest and at times very funny look at punk rock, the music business, Britain and the USA. An Unlikely Fooligan, meanwhile, sees the author roaming Japan over the course of two recent visits, when he was variously identified as a Fooligan, Bruce Willis and Jumbo.

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