Two shiftless workers and their frustrated foreman travel from Scotland to England to construct chain link fences with varying degrees of success. Yes, that is what this book is about and it's one of my all-time favorites.
The great thing about Mills' writing is the way he pulls subtle little moments of humor and distress out of the completely mundane. Not quite black humor, but definitely grey.
This first novel was shortlisted for both the Whitbread and Booker prizes.