My mum said she is reading this at the moment. It is set in & around Green Street. The impression she gave me was that it was quite depressing - "can you imagine what it would be like to live in a flat and scared to go out after dark" etc. - but I think it is meant to be dark humour really.
I will have to give it a go myself. Anyway, I only found out today during this conversation that my dad was born in Parr Road, and not Hameway, where he grew up.