Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke

by Peter Benson

Reluctant hero Elliot is a real country lad with a clear love of nature. Here, he tells us in his own colourful language how he inadvertently gets mixed up with a dangerous drug gang whilst trying to help a hopeless friend. Funny but poignant; beautiful yet raw.


'The fucking rope,' said the deep voice, and he started to untie it.
'Back...' I hissed at Spike, and I scrambled backwards, further into the undergrowth, the spikes of a blackthorn ripping at my face, me tugging at Spike's shirt until he moved, and we were as far in deep shadow as we could be. 'Get down...' and I lay flat, pulling him down beside me. Here, with my face pushed into the earth I could feel the curdling earth again, smell its worry and hear the sounds of ants rushing for cover and dark. A moment later the gap in the hoop house opened and a beast of a man stepped out, flexed and stood twenty-five yards from my nose.


Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka

Read Extract

Books with similar rating


1. Select UK region:

Not in the UK?

Scotland Norther Ireland North East of England North West of England Yorkshire and the Humber Wales West Midlands East Midlands East of England London South West of England South East of England

Sign in


Whichbook Sign Up

Enter your email address to get started:

First name:
Last name:
Confirm password:


Email alerts are only available for registered users.