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Andrew Smith

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I was born in New York, but have lived most of my life in the UK and started out as a journalist, just writing and writing at Melody Maker, then The Face, Sunday Times and Observer. The engine of my work is always curiosity: my first book, 'Moondust', stemmed from me wondering what had happened to the 12 men who walked on the Moon between 1969 and '72; my second from bewilderment at the way Web 1.0, the wild first phase of the internet, imploded and vanished so mysteriously in 2000.

These days I also make the odd documentary film, most notably 'Being Neil Armstrong' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird at 50' for BBC4. I'm currently part way into a novel (based on copious research about real events) and into adapting 'Totally Wired' for TV.

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Moondust: In Search Of The ...
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Totally Wired: on the Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle (Nonfiction)
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Description: About the eccentric internet pioneer Josh Harris and the wild first wave of the Web in the New York of the late 1990s.
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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
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This had been lurking among my books for years, but somehow I've only just picked it up and finally read it, partly as a result of watching Richard Linklater's (really interesting) par-animated movie. As with most Dick, the ideas are brilliant: even ...more
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The Lucifer Effect by Philip G. Zimbardo
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I happened across this while researching an article and devoured it thereafter. For such a weighty, research-based book, it's tremendously readable, well-written and entertaining and offers a very, very surprising and important view of what makes us ...more
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The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
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date: June 07, 2014 12:17PM
location: Guardian Weekend magazine, The United Kingdom
description: One of the weirdest and most difficult pieces I've ever written...the first human-made, silicon ecosystem - otherwise known as the stock market. High Frequency Trading and the coming People versus Big Finance, court battle of the century so far.
The people there are re-making our world. So what is *their* world like? Having been raised nearby, I went back to find out...
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Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
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This is a terrific, surprising story, full the unexpected and told in a really engaging style. Still running with my trainers on, though!
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Money by Felix Martin
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This is a terrific book, which has the twin benefits of being very well-written and harbouring an unexpected thesis, which pretty much turns most of our assumptions about the nature of money on their head. It contains plenty of anecdotes with which t ...more
Moondust by Andrew      Smith
"First, let's lament the unfortunate cover of this new edition. Here's the old one:

Okay, onward: I actually read each chapter at least twice before moving on. I've never done a neurotic escapade like that with a book before, but I didn't want it to..." Read more of this review »
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Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
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This book is a real favourite of mine, a brilliant taking of the American temperature as the Fifties became the Sixties - a pivotal moment, in which Steinbeck's intelligence and perception had special value. Funnily enough, my US editor for Moondust ...more
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“Even a fool learns something once it hits him.”
Homer, Iliad

Jack Kerouac
“...because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!”
Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Albert Einstein
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
Albert Einstein

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Andrew Smith You're welcome Isabell - lovely to meet you!

Estelle B. Thank you for your friendship on this site. Moondust is on my must-read list! : )

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