If you are a fan of comic novels then you will love Surviving Sting by Paul McDonald.
Set in the authors home town of Walsall in the early days of Thatcher it is a fast paced and sometimes painfully funny story of self discovery. Through the fogs of nostalgia McDonald paints a delightful picture of a dystopian estate in the home of UK leather working. The tale has love, sex, fights, a car crash and even a scorpian - what more can you ask for?
Here is my full review of the novel and an introduction to the writer.