Archive for the ‘Lost Boys of Prometheus City’ Category

The New York Journal of Books have been kind enough to place the cover of my novel, The Lost Boys of Prometheus City, in a pretty prominent position on the Fiction Landing Page of their website. Have a look, here.


nllifemagThere’s a piece on The Lost Boys of Prometheus City, and its long and arduous route to publication, in this month’s North Leeds Life magazine (which boasts a lovely cover featuring sheep – see left). You can read the issue online by (sheep) dipping into this link and going to page 22.

Ewe would have to be a fool to miss reading The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. So go on, don’t let the wool gather. Grab a copy of the book today by following this link.


“We lived life closer to the sun than most. Sometimes we got blinded by it. We lived the high life. By day, we worked on the top floor of One City Square; by night, the top floors of clubs. Then back to bed at our penthouses.”

Neal Grace, Carl Sharp and Adam Warshawski are A-list. They’re young, handsome and rich. They go to all the best parties. Women want to bed them; men want their phone numbers. They are the face of brash, post-millennium Leeds, a city which is itself on its uppers.

But one false move is all it takes for these three ‘young princes’ of Leeds to tumble off their pedestal. After they instigate an incident of shocking violence against two definite Z-listers, life spins into a terrifying downward spiral for them.

Here’s a scan of the article:


New pages on the Armley Press website, promoting my novel, The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. The novel is available to purchase from the site, here, or from Amazon.

Here’s me amongst the rogues gallery of Armley Press authors:


And here’s my dedicated author page:


And here’s the dedicated Lost Boys page:


The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about… Thankfully, the conversation about The Lost Boys of Prometheus City has started in earnest on social media, following some glowing early reviews. Here’s what people are saying about the book on Twitter:


Remember, the book’s available to purchase RIGHT NOW from here.

Lost Boys Cover Frontplate AJKAl Devey, an Amazon Reader and the brains behind the Home Defence UK blog-site, has provided the first review of The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. I’ve provided a few highlights below:
After “a bravura first chapter” , the “prose always has a certain energy, a spontaneity, and, at its best, a tendency to barrel along in a way that’s thoroughly engrossing.”
“We meet Neal as an over-privileged hedonist within his three-man gang of Northern England Gordon Gekkos, but their story quickly becomes tense then rapidly unspools from there, with Kirby telling his tale in the first person as he draws us into the fraught, dissatisfied, changeable mental landscape of his easily led protagonist. An atmosphere of regret, amorality and emptiness pervades this fast-paced thriller with its tumbling, freewheeling sentences, full of stream of consciousness left-turns, pop culture references from the time and bracketed asides.”

“The other great character evoked here is the city of Leeds itself, caught in a boom that will prove to be built on sand, and with the penthouse futureplexes of these masters of the universe no more than a stone’s throw from degradation, poverty, filth and the tightening grip of crime networks who often overreach themselves. Perhaps Kirby too, has been guilty of aiming too big in the past, most notably with his controversial Not The Booker nominated ‘Paint This Town Red’ a few years back, but TLBoPC is a very different work, being a novel that is full of real people, not over-plotted, and has something relevant to say about our times. You don’t have to be familiar with that Yorkshire city in which it’s set to enjoy this compelling, fast-read odyssey across its landscape, but if you do know Leeds inside-out the way this author does, that can only add to your reading enjoyment. Recommended.”

The book is available to purchase from here.

I’m guest-blogging on the Leeds Big Bookend website today regarding the long and winding road to publication of my new novel, The Lost Boys of Prometheus City. If you want to read the blog, please go here. And if you want to get your hands on the paperback, please follow this link.


I was interviewed about my new novel The Lost Boys of Prometheus City this afternoon on BBC Radio Leeds. In case you missed it, you can listen again by following this link. Thanks to presenter Andrew Edwards and program editor Katy Lambert for letting me loose on the airwaves. Below is a pic of me at the Beeb.

Remember to pre-order your copy of the book here.