"Book lovers never go to bed alone"
Translated from Italian this is a brilliantly written and extremely gripping story about a young Italian boy Cristiano and his racist and crazy father Rino, who live in the not so glamorous part of Italy. The two live in squalor and while Rino drinks himself stupid Cristiano tries as much as much as possible to live a semi normal adolescent life. The only time Rino makes any attempt to clean up his act is when his social worker visits to check up on him. Because although Rino may not seem like the most conventional of fathers, his love for his son runs deep and he is determined to keep the pair together. Unfortunately circumstances intervene and after one fateful night it would seem that separation is inevitable. Although dark and disturbing at times this novel is a classic and so far the best I have read this year.