James Start’s very positive review of Eddie the Kid ran in this Sunday’s Guardian:
Academic and writer Leo Zeilig begins his first novel at the gates of Downing Street. It’s late 2002, and activist Eddie Bereskin is borne on shoulders, megaphone in hand, calling Tony Blair a murderer and ordering the crowd to break the police barricade. He is arrested and charged, and as the movements for and against war in Iraq gather steam, falls into a feverish relationship with Rebecca, a beautiful fellow protester, and waits for his court case. Zeilig’s sympathy for Eddie’s convictions is clear, but he isn’t afraid to mock Eddie’s flamboyant solicitor (who wants to “rip the fucking head off the global bourgeoisie”) or expose the blinkered rage that causes Eddie to turn on Rebecca for shaving her legs. Indeed, Eddie’s fraught family life, overhung by his brutal, charismatic father, is at the heart of this honest and powerful novel. Some rather broad scenes – including a sex-shop trip – disrupt the pace somewhat, but this passionate, sad and well-told book offers a compelling portrait of a flawed young radical.