So Long Hector Bebb: Book review

  • Ron Berry, So Long Hector Bebb(Parthian, Library of Wales, Cardigan, 2006; first published 1970)

A stunning, visceral novel from the pen of Ron Berry, telling the doomed story of fictional boxing prospect Hector Bebb.

Gives a memorable, earthy taste of life in a post-World War II valleys boxing gym, told in the voices of the characters therein, and those of the people surrounding them.

Most memorable to me were the words of of gym fighter Len Jules, who speaks in a language that could surely only be understood by those who have heard the real thing in the pubs and clubs of the old Welsh mining and heavy industry communities.

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