Gordon Burn





Gordon Burn

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born
in Newcastle, England, The United Kingdom
January 16, 1948

died
July 17, 2009

gender
male

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Gordon Burn was an English writer born in Newcastle upon Tyne and the author of four novels and several works of non-fiction.

Burn's novels deal with issues of modern fame and faded celebrity, as well as life through a media lens. His novel Alma Cogan (1991), which imagined the future life of the British singer Alma Cogan had she not died in the 1960s, won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel. His other novels Fullalove and The North of England Home Service appeared in 1995 and 2003 respectively. His non-fiction deals primarily with sport and true crime. His first book Somebody's Husband, Somebody's Son was a study of Peter Sutcliffe, 'the Yorkshire Ripper' and his 1998 book Happy Like Murderers: The Story of Fred and Rosemary West, deal...more


Average rating: 3.81 · 674 ratings · 71 reviews · 21 distinct works · Similar authors
Happy Like Murderers
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 226 ratings — published 1998 — 9 editions
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Somebody's Husband, Somebod...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 121 ratings — published 1984 — 8 editions
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Alma Cogan
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1991 — 6 editions
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Born Yesterday: The News As...
3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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Fullalove
3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1995 — 4 editions
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Best and Edwards: Football,...
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 2006 — 2 editions
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North Of England Home Service
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
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Sex & Violence, Death & Sil...
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2010
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Pocket Money
2.8 of 5 stars 2.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1986 — 3 editions
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Best and Edwards
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2011
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“Because his [Damien Hirst] art is idea art - art drawn on the back of cigarette packets and beer mats, roughed out in airport departure lounges and the back of the taxis, usually delegated to and carried by others - this leaves Damien a lot of time for what might loosely be called socializing. Hanging around.”
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