Gordon Burn


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

Died
July 17, 2009

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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
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Average rating: 3.88 · 2,428 ratings · 247 reviews · 22 distinct worksSimilar authors
Happy Like Murderers

3.85 avg rating — 1,061 ratings — published 1998 — 11 editions
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Somebody's Husband, Somebod...

4.20 avg rating — 630 ratings — published 1984 — 10 editions
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Alma Cogan

3.71 avg rating — 212 ratings — published 1991 — 7 editions
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Born Yesterday: The News as...

3.33 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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Best and Edwards: Football,...

4.08 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 2006 — 3 editions
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Fullalove

3.31 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1995 — 6 editions
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The North of England Home S...

3.61 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2003 — 4 editions
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Pocket Money

3.59 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 1986 — 6 editions
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Sex  Violence, Death  Silen...

4.18 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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Pocket Money: Britain's Boo...

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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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