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Stanley dreams of making it big as a DJ, playing the all-nighters with his sidekick Clive; Pow-Wow’s as tough as the next kid, patrolling the streets with his gang; Sylvia just wants to escape from the grind of looking after her ageing mother. When Clive and Stanley join forces to establish a male escort agency, the situation hots up…

This is a picture of inner city London. Mark Powell has created a gritty, contemporary landscape filled with a vibrant cast of characters, from wannabe gangsters to professional psychics. Slick, fast-paced and surprisingly tender, BOX is an engrossing window on contemporary London as well as a satisfying page-turner.


Box is urban and compact, a stark and gripping read. A short, black and sideways look at London under-living
Waterstones Books Quarterly
Powell's second novel is dark stuff. Yet the central personalities steadily acquire form, colour and depth like images on a Polaroid
Time Out
Mark Powell works a beguiling tale, communicating a real passion for London. His staccato writing style also lends a type of gritty poetry to the urban scenes he describes
Like Irvine Welsh rewritten in English
Powell's razor-sharp prose is a treat . . . he succeeds in showing us the worlds within worlds that make up the metropolis
The Times
A sparse, tender, savvy, bitter-sweet gem of a contemporary novel
Financial Times