About Facing the Strange


‘SB Sweeney writes with a clarity and wit that brings to life the less glossy side of the eighties: a world of squats,  bedroom bands and cheap drugs, where a CV most likely meant a pint of cider and Vimto. The intriguing and intertwining tales make this fine book an addictive read.’
Deb Googe: My Bloody Valentine and The Thurston Moore Group


‘It’s La Bohême meets Trainspotting, with the
structure of a dream; a hole in the wall of the ordinary, an extraordinary landscape beyond.
Roger Ashton-Griffiths: Actor and Writer


‘One great long drunken rambling guitar solo of a novel!’
Tim Pears: Author


‘Intimately observed in a dislocated,
photo-album-like scattering of substance enhanced scenes, alternating, temporally jumbled camera angles and personal documentaries… Facing the Strange is Fear and Loathing at the fag end of Thatcher’s Britain.’
Charles Patrick: Gonzo Junkie


Facing the Strange is a kaleidoscope of intertwined lives told with verve, humour and – despite its darker themes – lightness of touch.

It is a thoroughly absorbing – if demanding – read, executed with the fast-paced, disjointed quality of a hand-held camera.’
Mary-Lucille Hindmarch: Oxford Times


A review on University of Oxford Continuing Education’s News


A piece by Liz Nicholls in Round and About, an Oxfordshire listings magazine


‘At one level Facing the Strange is uncompromising, tough. It deals with difficult subjects, including the self-deception of addiction and family breakdown. But then there is the Becketian comedy in the face of adversity and the insight into people. Above all it’s about people. No matter how these men and women in the book are – whether at their best or at their worst – they are written about with compassion and humanity. It’s a story of vividly realised places – Preston, London, Ireland, North Yorkshire, Somerset. It’s a novel of polyphony – of a wide range of beautifully rendered voices. Facing the Strange is a book that asks challenging questions about where we have come from and where we are now.’  Frank Egerton: Publisher, Writer and Tutor


A rock musician on the brink, his drunken father and the grieving widow of a murder victim. Facing the Strange is a tale of three lives in free-fall at the end of the analogue age – the lives of three characters that hold the key to one another’s redemption.

Facing the Strange is published by StreetBooks.