15/07/18 – “Extraordinary. It took me into a world I didn’t know too much. It wasn’t prurient, it didn’t in any way dwell upon the horror. She meets many people who I actually know and I found it to be true. The book captured a voice that I just haven’t heard in fiction…” Theatre critic & novelist Michael Arditti discusses Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile & Andrea Dunbar on this weekend’s Radio 4 Saturday Review podcast extra. Listen again 42:23-46:54.
28/06/18 – I have reviewed the new edition of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction for The Quietus. “Like a throbbing, yowling time capsule, this wildly completist package is almost enough to send you back to their ferocious, feral, filthy heyday…”
24/06/18 – Alex Clark has mentioned Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile in her cover feature for this weekend’s Guardian alongside Edward St Aubyn, Claudia Rankine and Edouard Louis. She asks if the boom in autofiction spells the end of the novel – Drawn from life: why have novelists stopped making things up?
21/06/18 – The Quietus’ contributors have compiled a list of the forty greatest music books ever written. I have chosen the exceptional Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain.