Modernity Britain: 1959-62
David Kynaston - David Kynaston’s magnificent history series, in which he’s recording the changing socio-political face of Britain from 1945 to 1979, reaches the sixties. The ...
In the Pause of Passing
Paul Strangroom & Noel Connor - This very handsome hardback book (beautifully put together by Northumberland’s Whin Still Press) features paintings of the North Pennines by Pa...
How To Live: 1. How We Are
Vincent Deary - “Our deeds travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.” This George Elliot quote, taken from Middlemarch, is included in the first vo...
The Lightning Tree
Emily Woof - Emily Woof’s second novel, principally set in Newcastle in the 1980s, is a love story between Ursula and Jerry. Ursula lives in Jesmond with her mother - who spen...
Bryan Talbot - The Brock is back, in the fourth volume of Bryan Talbot’s brilliantly complex and visually dazzling series of graphic novels. New readers start here – Inspector...
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...