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Partially based on diaries kept by the author's mother, this kaleidoscopic view of 60s counterculture shows how the optimism of swinging London imploded into nihilism and drug addiction. Arriving in the Smoke at the age of sixteen in 1960m narrator Jilly O'Sullivan lands gainful emplyment as a high class hostess.


Fresh out of school, Jilly joins the exclusive scene that was
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by Virgin Books
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MJ Nicholls
Sixties sleaze and drugs
told in Home’s “intentional”
flat pulp pomo style.
Jeff Jackson
Mar 31, 2009 Jeff Jackson rated it really liked it
A fun read for its clever reimagining of Swinging London, featuring notably seedy appearances by John Lennon, Brian Jones, Colin MacInnes, and William Burroughs - along with more significant turns by Michael Reeves, Alex Trocchi, the Kray brothers, and Michael X. But it's really worthwhile as a subterreanen paen to a lost child and the nameless background players who create the ferment of any genuine art scene.
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Nov 25, 2008 A rated it it was amazing
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(Tom McCarthy said he was reading it.)

Wow. What a detailed description of life in the 60s and 70s in swinging London! I remember the Patty Hearst's kidnapping, but felt like I had to look back on a lot of the details of people and places that were mentioned.

Home's writing reminds me of Rosalyn Drexler's. It's funny and weird and punk and all over the place in an unexplainable way. I ordered two more Stewart Home books based on reading this and Slow Death.
Mark
Sep 26, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
a great read - a reconstructed verison of the author's mother's heroic/tragic life in the Notting Hill demimonde of the 1960s and 70s, full of great set-piece scenes invovling Trocchi, Michael X, the Krays and others..it'd make a cracking film...one of my favourite London books.
Stewart Home
Dec 27, 2011 Stewart Home rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
There is more on this book and links to the non-fiction material on which it is based here: http://www.stewarthomesociety.org/lib...
Jonathan Norton
Feb 26, 2012 Jonathan Norton rated it did not like it
Dreary slab of cliches and bad writing, barely enlivened by the celebrity cameos and dragging a dead weight of second-rate intellectualism, much like a lot of the 60s counter-culture.
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Stewart Home (born London 1963) is an English writer, satirist and artist. He is best known for novels such as the non-narrative "69 Things to Do with a Dead Princess" (2002), his re-imagining of the 1960s in "Tainted Love" (2005), and more recent books such as "Mandy, Charlie & Mary-Jane" (2013) that use pulp and avant-garde tropes to parody conventional literature. His unusual approach to wr ...more
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