Category Archives: Review

Lowlife Literature: The Gilt Kid

 ‘You still in the racket?’ he asked. ‘You mean am I still in the same game?’ ‘Sure. Use your loaf. What the hell else would I mean?’ ‘Yes. There’s nothing else for it when you’ve once been inside.’   One … Continue reading

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Zeitgeist Slices: Cocaine Nights

Which book captures the spirit of the age for you? Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta? Philip K Dick’s The Penultimate Truth? Maybe Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World? Or George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four? In two essays for the Guardian, journalists and readers select their choice of … Continue reading

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Crime: An Evidence Based Approach

Review: Tom Gash, Criminal: The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things (London: Allen Lane, 2016), pp. 337, RRP £14.99 Remember that mass brawl last month, involving 100 school boys in Northumberland Heath, Bexley, South East London? “Never seen anything like it”, Jeanne … Continue reading

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Booze, News and Nothing to Lose

Review: Mike Molloy, The Happy Hack: A Memoir of Fleet Street in its Heyday (London: John Blake, 2016), pp. 336, RRP £8.99  Alas, for the changes of time! The Fleet, that little, quick-flowing stream, once so bright and clear, is now a … Continue reading

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Down and Out in Twenty-First Century London

Review: Ben Judah, This is London: Life and Death in the World City (London: Picador, 2016), pp. 432, RRP £18.99 “The English are dying. The English are declining and they are declining fast … You can see it on the … Continue reading

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The British Boozer, Surrey Edition: The Happy Man

The ley lines of lush align to form a pissed pentagram in the village of Englefield Green, Surrey. Channelling subterranean rivers of the forgetting. Memories of decayed wives, lives and livers, running through Runnymede’s hinterlands. Runnymede: topping in 2007 the … Continue reading

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Rule Britannia: Begging, Boozing, Bugging and Burgling

Review: S.J. Parkes, Black Flag (independently published, 2017), pp. 458, RRP £9.99  “Those memory sticks you had analysed, the circumstantial evidence you’ve gathered surrounding them, the Mossad guy, the woman from Six,” said the American. “It’s a Black Flag, you … Continue reading

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