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Author: Belinda Webb
ISBN13: 978-1905636174
Title: A Clockwork Apple
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Beautiful Books (April 1, 2008)
Pages: 250

A Clockwork Apple by Belinda Webb

A Clockwork Apple book. Usually I'd feel it was unfair to judge a book by it's inspiration piece but Webb sets the comparisons out so starkly that they're impossible to miss. The main characters have the same name, Alex. Web I finished 'A Clockwork Apple' by Belinda Webb a few weeks ago. I have been mulling it over ever since. I don't feel it really delivered

Belinda Webb: A Clockwork Apple. There’s an old idiom that states you can’t compare apples to oranges but in the case of Belinda Webb’s A Clockwork Apple (2008) you can’t help compare it to Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, purely because it follows the source so closely. However, there are wholesale changes for the sake of parody, notably the inversion of genders, so that rather than teenage boys running amok, Webb’s dystopia is populated by teenage girls. It’s the book of an author who has graduated from the nineties and, finding the 21st Century a disappointment, wants to shout about it. At its heart there’s an obvious love for Burgess’ novel, A Clockwork Apple, shadowing it all the way, with punchy inversions and sly references.

When I first sees this book, I sphinx "What?" She's nicked Mr Burgess's idea, innit. But no, dear readerz, there is more to it dan dat, cause Alex is a GRRRL, and her argot is sans Slavonic influence but based on black urban vernacular wiv bitsa Latin, purloinings from Shakespeare and a few uvva daft coinages wot necessitate a paffetik glossary at the back. Are you tiring of this? Me too. Let's just say Webb is a young writer looking for a voice. She has some linguistic inventiveness and maybe one day she'll write a good novel.

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Belinda Webb – A Clockwork Apple. As you may guess from the title of this first novel by Belinda Webb, she isn’t shy in acknowledging its chief influence. Once again we have a teenage gang leader by the name of Alex, indulging in artful thuggery and vicious wordplay against a fantastically dismal dystopian background (though the gang are girls not boys)

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Belinda Webb's first novel, A Clockwork Apple, is due out in April and published by Beautiful Books. She grew up in Moss Side, Manchester, but has considered London home for the past 12 years. Belinda Webb: The fashion, film, beauty and music industries now just feed off one another, with female insecurities a powerful fuel. Published: 1 Apr 2014. Belinda Webb: The choice of the author to represent women on the £10 note is a safe and bland option, compared to Boudicca or Mary Seacole. Published: 25 Jul 2013.

Belinda Webb's debut novel is a remarkably confident piece of writing. A gender-swapped take on Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, it is bold in its aims. The novel is set in a future Manchester where violent gangs of teenage girls roam the streets. Alex and her Grrlz are the menace of Moss Side, and anyone who exists outside their world, anyone who has a little money or education, is likely to receive a kicking care of their ballet pumps. There is something both audacious and yet oddly hollow about such a blatant homage. Webb delights in playing linguistic games and riffs continually on Burgess's teenspeak, creating her own urban vocabulary. New Statesman, April 2008.

An extraordinary, passionate retelling of Burgess's original novel takes readers to a dystopia where the gangs are female, the state's control is exercised through addiction therapy, and Alex's solace is in high literature and postmodern deconstructionism Alex is an anti-heroine for the 21st century. She would rather have all her nails pulled out than read the literature promoted by the Enid Blytons of the world—the bourgeoisie. She runs rampage through the streets of a dystopic Manchester with her girl gang, and her main aim is to feed her Phrontistery, that is, her dream factory. In Alex's world, the State imposes its control through addiction therapy and the blunt administrations of female police and social workers. Men have long since ceased to have any influence. The muvvas spend all day in the Old Duchess of New York, and dark confrontations take place in Whitworth Park, the old raping ground of the red light walkes. Alex has never conformed, but when she is faced with the charge of addiction, the battle really begins, in this angry, powerful novel fizzing with energy and linguistic inventiveness.