‘Totally fabulous and restores my belief in brilliant, subversive subcultures books still being the active source of our imaginative capital. It’s superb in its occupation of alternative realities. An absolute marvel and the writing is just fantastic. Post-cool invites post-punk in the drenched lysergic prism of a novel of addictive transgressions redeemed throughout by the lyrical arc of a prose that elicits lost futures in the defiant present. With Camden as its subcultures locative, and its green canal the novel’s pineal gland, Robert and Marlene alienated and unknowable to each other in altered states witness each other’s blurred emotions with a philosophic acuity that both stings and leaves astute marks on their dystopian histories…… A brilliant, upending book in which ‘Punk was, in effect, a way of stopping your past from becoming your future,’’
Jeremy Reed, author and poet.
‘A masterpiece… collapsing temporal sensations in a manner evocative of the postmodern condition, seeking transcendent meaning within punk, acid, sex and living in squalor in Camden. Blew my mind.’
Adam Lehrer @safetypropaganda
‘Like a bittersweet Coltrane solo crashing into Einstürzende Neubauten. Books like this are a flare in the dark.’
Malcolm Paul, Expat Press
‘A drug-fuelled beat/punk, love/hate story. Like (say) Kerouac, it’s shot through with sadness. Not just the comedown, but the inability to bridge the gulf between the enlightened moment of Beatitude, and the bleak surroundings you exist in the rest of the time.’
Paul Gorman, writer
‘Reminds me more of US post-punk writing… Kathy Acker … Richard Hell… it is raw, cold, desperate, fucked up.’
Michael Gratzke, academic.
‘Cool, clever, magical, literary and very, very exciting.’
Photographer Gregory Hesse.