"...buy this book and brag to your mates that you were there at the very beginning. '"
Two boys growing up in London's East End of the nineteen-seventies. John, from a streetwise and fanatical West Ham supporting family; Kenny, across the street, slow-witted, living in a world of dreams and shadows, beaten by his father, bullied by life.
And one day, Kenny, he just breaks right in half and the two boys are forced apart by a society crumbling around them.
Fourteen years later, after cup finals of joy and personal loss too searing to contemplate, the two boys are re-united, fronting up local gangster Ronnie Swordfish. It doesn't start well. And from where John is, laying on the ground, beat half unconscious with a metal bar, seeing Ronnie lifting up his sword to cut down his childhood friend Kenny, it don't look like it's going to get much better.
But Kenny, he's got other ideas. He always did.