Lionel Asbo, a terrifying yet weirdly loyal thug (self-named after England's notorious "Anti-Social Behaviour Order"), has always looked out for his ward and nephew, the orphaned Desmond Pepperdine. He provides him with fatherly career advice (always carry a knife, for example) and is determined they should share the joys of pit bulls (fed with lots of Tabasco sauce), Internet porn, and all manner of more serious criminality. Des, on the other hand, desires nothing more than books to read and a girl to love (and to protect a family secret that could be the death of him).
But just as he begins to lead a gentler, healthier life, his uncle - once again in a London prison - wins £140 million in the lottery, and upon his release, hires a public relations firm and begins dating a cannily ambitious topless model and “poet”. Strangely, however, Lionel's true nature remains uncompromised, while his problems, and therefore also Desmond's, seem only to multiply.
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Jēz...us! Just don't buy it for your Grans.
A train wreck you cannot look away from...
A distillation of real English people who you would not want to meet.
Who let the dogs in. And we will never know.
The first family meeting at the country manor, Wormwood Scrubs.
Definitely NOT Lionel Asbo
One of the most well written books I have enjoyed. The prose alone is worth the listen - and the story is superb. But if you are an American anglophile you might want to stay away. As a Brit in the US, the 'orrible English characters resonate - albeit disturbingly!
- Christopher Williams