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Viv Albertine - F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that there are no second acts in American life. Maybe British lives are different because Viv Albertine has proven that there are...
The Tightrope Walkers
David Almond - Local author David Almond has scored great success in the past writing fiction for children (notably with the fantastical Skellig) but he showed he was also a d...
A Solid Bond In Your Heart
Paul Dixon - Author Paul Dixon was born in Washington, Tyne and Wear and now lives in County Durham where his second novel is set. It’s the early 1980s and young Dom Blackburn...
Saint Etienne - A lavish photo book devoted to occasional chart-botherers Saint Etienne? It doesn’t sound like the most promising of enterprises, especially when two thirds of...
Harry’s Last Stand
Harry Leslie Smith - This polemic is subtitled “How the world my generation built is falling down and what we can do to save it” and was written by a 91-year-old ex-serviceman...
The past was another colour
Nathan Benn’s remarkable new book, Kodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972-1990, captures the United States with the kind of colour that they literally don’t make any more. ...
Shots of pure cinematic champagne
David Thompson’s new book Moments That Made the Movies swivels a spotlight onto those magical film sequences that linger longest in the memory.
Here’s a strange one. Back in the 1980s Malcolm McLaren got in touch with comic book writer Alan Moore to help script a film about the fashion industry. Naturally, given the M...
The Weirdo Years: 1981-’91
Best known for his counter-culture 'comix' of the sixties and seventies, Robert Crumb arguably produced his best work during the ten years he published (along with wife Aline ...
The filth and the fury (and the coffee table book)
Punk, as the badges in the window of the Kard Bar still insist on telling us, is not dead, and, in fact, is having a bit of a moment what with an exhibition of punk fashion cu...
February 13 Book Reviews
Book of the month: The Odd Couple: The curious friendship between Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin Richard Bradford, The Robson Press, £20
Interview: Salman Rushdie
Author Salmon Rushdie has been a pretty ubiquitous figure lately (words we thought we would never write). His memoir ‘Joseph Anton’ which came out earlier this y...
January 13 Book Reviews
Book of the month Great North Road Peter F Hamilton, Macmillan, £20 A SF novel set in Newcastle? Who’d have thought it? At the Lit and Phil book launch recently Hamilton re...