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King’s College alumnus Simon Corbin’s debut novel, RUDE BOY, is set in London at the tail end of the Punk Rock era and is highly evocative of the time whilst retaining a universal relevance to each generation. The bookstore chain, Waterstone’s, has been very supportive of the novel – organising two successful book signings at the Richmond (Surrey) branch on 5th/12th June 2010. Simon has also received positive coverage for his novel in the local Press – Richmond & Twickenham Times and Surrey Comet.


Expelled from boarding school, Punk Rock rebel Kenny Silvers returns to early 1980s London to renew his friendship with former `partner in crime’, Eddie. Kenny’s downward spiral, from scholarship student to squat-dwelling delinquent, forms the backdrop to a powerful rites of passage tale exploring themes of alienation and drug addiction through gritty dialogue, colourful imagery and a rich vein of black humour. This is Catcher In The Rye for Generation X.

RUDE BOY is available from (online) and Waterstone’s (both online and to order in-store).

Simon has a website and a blog – where you can learn more about RUDE BOY and Simon’s other novels:

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Simon's blog []

Simon Corbin studied Philosophy at King’s College London between 1984-1986 (having transferred to King’s after Bedford College was sold). Simon is now a novelist and teaches Functional English at Kingston College.