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The Ballad of Syd & Morgan

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A short counterfactual novel, published exactly fifty years after the encounter it purports to describe.

A beautiful young man dressed in Cuban heels and a crushed-velvet jacket cuts a dash as he strides up Silver Street in his native Cambridge, heading for the ornate splendour of King’s College. It is 1968. He is the 22 year old Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, and his destinati
Hardcover, First edition, 185 pages
Published November 8th 2018 by Propolis
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully fashioned little book (it's no more than notebook size) offers us an alternative version of 1968 in which Syd Barrett pitches up in the Cambridge rooms of the elderly E.M. Forster. They spend the afternoon talking, then Morgan goes off for dinner and Syd goes home to his mum. This stark synopsis cannot convey the subtlety and tact of the writing - because so little happens, Middleton is able to dwell on every word, gesture, unspoken intimation and deft irony. The result is stran ...more
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As part of wanting to support local businesses during lockdown, I ordered an isolation book pack from The Book Hive. They ask you a few questions about recent books you have liked/disliked and what your favourite genres are, and then they pick a set of books they think you will like based off your preferences. I love getting surprise parcels of books, and it was lovely to treat myself to something like this during this anxiety inducing time.

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Daniel Wood
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, very enjoyable and well written. Although it's about two titans of twentieth century English culture, the conversation deftly skirts around their respective careers, focusing more on the artists as people. An unlikely encounter between two geniuses who on the surface could not seem more different becomes a touching reflection on the double-edged nature of creation, and the different pressures each felt. I'd very much recommend it regardless of whether you're a Syd Barrett/Pink ...more
Elsje Mitchell
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was really good. It is about the unlikely friendship between an author (E.M Forster) and a member of pink Floyd (Syd barret) I like reading about unlikely friendships in books. I liked the characters. Syd was creative and musical and E.M Forster was quite wise. I also liked the writing style. I definitely recommend it.
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May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. It’s charming and beautiful. And I absolutely want it to be true.
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Haydn Middleton was born in Reading and studied History at Oxford, where he now lives. He has worked in advertising and publishing, lectured in British myth and legend, and written a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction.

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