Out of university and out of luck, Ben Hamilton moves back in with his parents to stack shelves at the local supermarket. There he meets a group of friends and quickly finds himself dragged into secrecy, heavy drinking, and a violent feud.
Trouble flares as the boys test the limits of their own behaviour, small-town mentalities and childhood dreams, before a startling climax as some innocent flirting leads to something much darker. Shop Front is more than the story of an unlucky graduate struggling to find his way: it is a story of violence, working life, friendship and A&E.
“A howl and a sigh from Generation Austerity. Samuel Best is there on the ground, finding jewels among the shattered graduate dream. Best is a bold, new, Scottish voice that tells it like it is and keeps us enthralled in the process.”
Alan Bissett, author of The Moira Monologues, Pack Men and The Incredible Adam Spark.
About Samuel Best
Samuel’s short stories have been published in a variety of magazines and he has performed at spoken word nights and book festivals across Scotland. He has taught at secondary schools in Cumbernauld and Linlithgow, as well as The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.