The Prodigals follows the lives of four troubled young men in Manchester - Brian, Howard, Declan and the novel's anti-hero, Travis McGuiggan. It's a book about friendship, religion, drinking, cruelty and love. It's also a book about leaving home and returning.
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Declan lived across the road from the driving test centre. He kept the curtains closed because he didn’t like the idea of people looking in, but every day he’d slide them open a fraction so he could sit and watch the action on the other side of the street.
He saw people in tears being comforted by their instructors, or pouring their hearts out into mobile phones. He saw people jumping for joy, kissing the examiners full on the lips, or performing impromptu d...