Freedom Like a Shopping Cart

By Alex Johnston

Literary fiction | eBook


Matlock knew that he had to leave Tenby. He had to leave Tenby immediately… Nineteen years old, mired in boredom, and going nowhere fast, Matlock knows that he must escape the confines of his stiflingly conventional hometown – or face the bleak reality of impending adulthood. The problem is, he has no idea where to go. But then a nihilistic encounter with someone else’s girlfriend at a house-party brings a new sense of urgency, and Matlock hits the road regardless, anywhere but here his only destination… Travelling across the country in his battered old car, Matlock finds that he is not alone, and soon he is at the head of a ramshackle gang of the waifs and strays of Britain’s confused middle-class youth. Wending their way westwards through a damp English summer, Matlock, Phil, Joe, Robert and Danny – each with his own unspoken fears and insecurities – wrestle with big questions, small budgets and endless hangovers. This is a story of friendship, self-discovery and tequila slammers, set on the borderlands of adulthood when the answer to everything seems almost in reach, somewhere along the next stretch of A-road…


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Matlock knew that he had to leave Tenby. He had to leave Tenby immediately… Nineteen years old, mired in boredom, and going nowhere fast, Matlock knows that he must escape the confines of his stiflingly conventional hometown – or face the bleak reality of impending adulthood. The problem is, he has no idea where to go. But then a nihilistic encounter with someone else’s girlfriend at a house-party brings a new sense of urgency, and Matlock hits the road regardless, anywhere but here his only destination… Travelling across the country in his battered old car, Matlock finds that he is not alone, and soon he is at the head of a ramshackle gang of the waifs and strays of Britain’s confused middle-class youth. Wending their way westwards through a damp English summer, Matlock, Phil, Joe...


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Alex Johnston was born in 1980. After a partly misspent youth working in the hospitality industry, taking several gap years and listening to 1990s skater punk he eventually went to university, and he’s now a desk jockey in the world of admin. By night however, Alex has always been a writer, from travel diaries to short stories. His first novel, Freedom Like a Shopping Cart, is a poignant coming-of-age tale of five young men searching for answers on the back-roads of southwest Britain. The book is available for download from Amazon now. Alex is now working on his second book, a novella about unrequited love and enduring obsession, due for publication later in 2014.


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Alex Johnston was born in 1980. After a partly misspent youth working in the hospitality industry, taking several gap years and listening to 1990s skater punk he eventually went to university, and he’s now a desk jockey in the world of admin. By night however, Alex has always been a writer, from travel diaries to short stories. His first novel, Freedom Like a Shopping Cart, is a poignant comi...


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