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All the Devils Are Here

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In this study of East Kent, David Seabrook combines his observations of the towns’ cultural and political landscapes with their literary associations. In Margate and Westgate, Seabrook detects the desperate merriment of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land; in Rochester and Chatham, he senses the ghosts of Dickens and the drug fantasies of Thomas De Quincey; and in Broadstairs, he ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Granta UK (first published March 7th 2002)
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Wilson
Jan 29, 2017 Wilson rated it really liked it
All the Devils Are Here, by David Seabrook, is a very strange, wholly enthralling, account of Kent's seaside towns, with particular focus on the seedy and unsettling literary and celebrity history. It is murders and fascists, gone to seed famous people, filtered through a strangely evocative gay subtext. Seabrook writes with great skill, often needling his reader with strange asides, where the prose drops tantalising hints of something just outside of the history and biography. I read this becau ...more
Andreas Loizou
Oct 19, 2012 Andreas Loizou rated it it was amazing
A wondrous slice of pyscho-geography from a much-missed author.

Kent is the great in-between county of England. It's got snooty commuter towns, SE London overspills, shifting coastlines and pre-CE monuments. Seabrook covers it all - the horrors of Medway, the blues of the Dartford Delta, the liminal space that is the Isle of Thanet - with Dickens, Wilkie Collins and the frankly terrifying Charles Hawtry by his side.

Original, wise and well-written.

NB - quite a few of the comments on GoodReads a
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Nic
Jul 24, 2009 Nic rated it did not like it
The only book I have ever begun to read and given up on!!
Mario Hinksman
Jan 14, 2017 Mario Hinksman rated it really liked it
A unique look at one of England's most remarkable counties.

The late David Seabrook explores Kent from its seamier edges. This is not the Kent of oast house-themed picture postcards. There is no cricket played on monied village greens and horses ridden in summer by flaxen-haired girls are not to be seen.

Instead the focus is on the 'compost heaps' of more vivid imagination to be found mainly on the 'Garden of England's' shores. For most writers, the shores of Kent and its down at heel coastal town
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Caroljean
Apr 28, 2011 Caroljean rated it it was ok
If you want to understand ALL the mechanisms, timelines, characters, and consequences (e.g. enrichment of the devils, impoverishment of homeowners and taxpayers) of the recent financial meltdown, here's the book you want. The detail killed it for me, but I still love the title!
Bethany
Jan 26, 2017 Bethany rated it liked it
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Jan
Jul 26, 2016 Jan rated it it was ok
Came away utterly confused by the end of this book! It started out as a mildly interesting review of writers and their associations with places in Kent. The final section seemed to be a mish mash of meandering thoughts about goodness only knows what - I couldnt make any sense of it at all - I finally resorted to skip-reading which didnt help but did get me to the last page a bit quicker - what a relief.
Anna
Described as travel writing, but actually more of investigative journalism, concerning the literary authors, TS Eliot (toilE T S), Charles Dickens, John Buchan; the fascist movement in the early 20th century; and the murders and suicides of various actors, and Boxer Fred Mills, including short biographies. All the information loosely linked to the towns of Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Deal the Medway towns and London.
Trevor Kenning
Apr 23, 2016 Trevor Kenning rated it liked it
Interesting but a bit overblown. How Simon Raven can warrant just a couple of lines in the section on the seamy side of Deal, I don't know. Liked the idea that the blue plaque to TS Eliot in the shelter in Margate where he wrote The Wasteland was adjacent to a sign showing 'toilets'. The story of Charles Hawtry and the fireman better told in 'The Man who was Private Widdle'
Joanna
Aug 17, 2016 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange and haunting

I heard about this book on the excellent 'Backlisted' podcast. Hard to categorize it is hard to forget, combining a dark account of the history of Kent and its inhabitants, and supernatural vignettes of his physical and mental journey
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Jul 09, 2016 Sally H. added it
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A very good review of the subprime mortgage mess and the men who were behind the creation of the financial crisis.
David
Aug 27, 2015 David rated it liked it
This 170-page book of Kentish tales would make a great 100-page book. Fascinating stories from the olden days, but too loud an authorial voice.
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David Seabrook studied English at the University of Kent (Canterbury). Following his BA, he continued his studies at UKC and completed his MA with a dissertation on French author Marcel Proust. Following his studies, Seabrook relocated to Greece, where he worked as a teacher. He returned to the UK in order to pursue his literary ambitions.

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