# Paperback: 400 pages
# Publisher: Picador (4 Feb 2011)
# Language English
# ISBN-10: 0330536257
# ISBN-13: 978-0330536257
Charles Pemberton lives in a small Kentish town that is as middle-class as they come.
His dad is well-respected, the family has money and a nice house and he gets sent to the local fee-paying school. And then along comes 'Large' - who is (whisper it quietly) working-class.
But what a guy. He's charismatic, charming and larger than life in all ways. He can get everyone on his side and proceeds to do so.
Charles wants to hate him, but can anyone really hate Large?
Tim Binding writes this superbly. All the characters are wonderfully drawn and the story is so beguiling and one that most of us will recognise - basically a typical class clash and one that is played out and laid out wonderfully.
This story portrays all the pettiness and small-town rivalries that exist nationwide, as well as the resentment felt by people seeing ex-schoolmates doing better than them.
This had me hooked from the outset and I rattled through it. A joy of a read.