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The Face of Spain


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    Gerald Brenan The Face of Spain

    Gerald Brenan returned to Spain in 1949 for the first time since the Civil War. He was determined to see what had become of the country he loved, to speak to ordinary people and to experience life in small towns unvisited by foreigners. He had earlier lived in a remote village in the Sierra Nevada now he returned to a land in the grip of famine where guerrilleros roamed the mountains and thousands of people were reduced to living in caves.

    Whether searching for his friend Lorca's unmarked grave, musing on the history of the great mosque in Crdoba and ancient synagogues in Toledo or chatting to provincial shopkeepers, Brenan was unfailingly perceptive. Although shadowed by police informers and harangued by Francoist priests, he was undeterred, and this witty and humane account of his visit illuminates a chapter of Spanish history that remains almost unknown. Franco's regime has now vanished, but its ghosts continue to haunt Spain. When they were alive, no one described the ogres and their victims more vividly than Gerald Brenan.

    'The ideal travel book ... miraculous'
    The Observer

    'A descriptive writer of great gifts'
    The Age (Melbourne)

    'Knowledge, discernment and a most vivid pen ... compelling'
    Times Literary Supplement

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    'Fascinating'
    New Statesman

    'A brilliant interpreter of Spain to the rest of the world'
    The Times

    'Britain's greatest Hispanist travels through Franco's bleak Spain. His account is unforgettable.'
    Ian Gibson

    'A book of great balance and beauty ... most illuminating'
    Rose Macaulay, Spectator

    'Brenan's extraordinary erudition, knack of observation, his profound knowledge of Spain and fluent style are all present in this book.'
    Michael Eaude, Catalonia Today

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    Sketches of Spain


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      Federico Garca Lorca Sketches of Spain
      Translated by Peter Bush

      Lorca's first book, published when he was just nineteen, is collection of meditations on Spanish art, landscapes and history. With the passion and excitement of a young writer finding his voice, he travels around Spain in pursuit of its essential spirit: sunsets in Granada, the Gothic magnificence of Burgos Cathedral, the 'savage splendour' of Castile's mountains and plains. While Lorca celebrated Spanish culture - romantic gardens, medieval sculpture, Gregorian plainchant and 'the bite of flamenco' - he was also fearlessly critical when, for example, the harshness and celibacy of monks' lives or poverty and injustice aroused his rage.

      Serif's is the first UK edition of this formative work by one of the twentieth century's greatest writers, which, with its rich, poetic prose, is a missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of a creative life cut tragically short by the author's assassination at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

      'He was the first poet that ever touched me'
      Leonard Cohen

      'I have never seen grace and genius ... come together in anyone else as they did in him.'
      Pablo Neruda

      'Lorca's words sing off the page ... These essays show more than a great writer in the making. They show Spain as we have never seen it before.'
      The Observer

      'To render into readable English Lorca's early prose, deeply in debt to the vocabulary and tics of modernismo, is a daunting task, and it seems to me that Peter Bush has risen splendidly to this almost impossible challenge.'
      Ian Gibson

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      'Much to cherish ... particularly memorable.'
      The Guardian

      'Both the terms 'sketches' and 'impressions,' capture absolutely the style and form of the book. Its significance lies in the way that it's possible to see and, most importantly in the case of Lorca, hear him finding his extraordinary voice Peter Bush's translation is brilliantly fluid and inhabits Lorca's poetic spirit beautifully.'
      Michael Langan, Polari

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      Angola: Promises and Lies


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      Karl Maier Angola: Promises and Lies

      Angola's civil war was the longest in Africa. Once the battleground for a proxy war between the Cold War superpowers, the country was supposed to become a model for a smooth transition from armed conflict to democracy. The government, earlier backed by the Soviet Union and Cuba, and the UNITA rebels, supported by the Americans and South Africans, would exchange bullets for ballots but it all went wrong UNITA's Jonas Savimbi rejected his defeat in the elections and plunged Angola back into war. The United Nations could only wring its hands, eventually negotiating a fragile new peace agreement. For most Angolans, however, the effects of a quarter of a century of violence have proved to be more enduring than the taste of peace.

      Karl Maier was the Angola correspondent for The Independent and Washington Post for 10 years, and provides a fascinating analysis of the realities behind the conflict as well as a vivid eye-witness account of the devastation it brought. Whether speaking to soldiers, nurses, black-market traders or aid workers, he views Angola's strife with a rare sympathy for the ordinary people caught in the crossfire. Sceptical of both sides' promises and lies, his is a classic account of one of the civil wars that continue to plague Africa.

      This updated new edition covers the massive corruption and other problems that have arisen since the ending of the war with Savimbi's death. Armed conflict has been replaced by an oil boom that has benefited only the country's elite as Maier observes, the vast majority of Angolans now face 'a war of neglect by their rulers'.

      'An accessible, balanced account'
      Sousa Jamba, Times Literary Supplement

      'A rare, unsentimental book - compelling'
      Weekly Mail (Johannesburg)

      'Maier's narrative is energetic ... his portrayals of Angola, its people and its political players are vivid and immediate.'
      The Scotsman

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      'A vivid eye-witness account of the devastation caused by war in Angola. Maier travelled widely in Angola in this period and was one of the very few journalists to write objective copy about what was happening. Through this book, Maier has become the natural successor of Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski ... His sympathy is with the person in the street trying to survive despite all the promises and lies of Angola's elite. This could never have been captured so eloquently through dry academic analysis.'
      Alex Vines, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

      'The most distinguished reporter and storyteller to cover wars in both Angola and Mozambique. Maier's book is a luminously accurate gem. He's wary of all the politicians and tender with ordinary people helpless against the guns of both sides.'
      Peta Thornycroft, Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

      'It makes a rivetting read and deserves to reach a wide public. With passionate eloquence Maier depicts the horrendous sufferings of ordinary Angolans, who have known nothing but war for over thirty years - enduring constant bombardments from one side or the other, families divided and uprooted, many thousands mutilated for live by anti-personnel mines, many thousands more, mainly women, children and old people, dying of hunger and malnutrition. The author's moving account of his encounters with individual Angolans of all ethnic and political persuasions brings out the indomitable tenacity and courage of ordinary Angolans, especially the women, as well as the senseless stupidity of the conflict. Maier describes it as a 'civil war fought primarily against innocent civilians, the povo (people), by armies of conscripted youngster on behalf of power-mad politicians ... Both Karl Maier and I know how hard it is to persuade anyone to publish a book about Angola. The argument is that there is no public interest - and apparently no desire to awaken it either. This book is therefore all the more welcome, and Serif are to be congratulated for making it possible.'
      Margaret Anstee, International Relations


      'No other book has attempted to explain the Angolan civil war as dispassionately as this one. Few journalists have got so near the long-suffering people on the roadside. Few have been able to observe the machinations of the politicians and their puppet-masters at such close quarters. The author knows Angola intimately and loves its people, but his book, subtitled "promises and lies", brooks no deviation from the truth as he perceives it. The result is elegant, compelling, tragic. It is a tour de force ...'
      David Birmingham, Journal of Southern African Studies

      'An energetic partisan for the povo, Karl Maier infuses his fast-moving account of the war and peace process in Angola with a large dose of humanity and a reporter's eye for telling detail. The last five years of war in Angola have killed more than 500,000 people and blown off more limbs than any other since the Second World War; it should have generated several books and dozens of television documentaries. It hasn't. Maier's account is one of the few and certainly the best. His book takes in ten years of reporting the war,getting to know the leaders, the combatants, and many of the ten million caught in the crossfire.'
      Patrick Smith, International Affairs

      'Angola: Promises and Lies is not about political analysis, it is about people and the unlimited endurance of the human spirit. The precision and detail of his interviews and observations, his compassion and insights combine to create a sense of truth.'
      Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

      'The author's compassion and sympathy are reserved for the victims on both sides of the conflict, who make up the overwhelming majority of the Angolan people.'
      Publico (Lisbon)

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      Shebeen Tales


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      Chenjerai Hove Shebeen Tales
      Messages from Harare

      Throughout southern Africa, shebeens are where jokes are born, news is embellished and exchanged. They are unique vantage points where men go after a day's work, both to escape from the troubled world around them and to observe and comment on it.

      In Shebeen Tales, Zimbabwe's leading author offers a view of his country not from the privileged and insulated perspective of a well-heeled visitor, but that of the ordinary person who, with the help of dry wit and illegal beer, pokes fun at the rich and mighty. Struggling against madcap motorists, pompous bureaucrats and the other woes of life in the city, the man in the shebeen sees modern Africa as it really is, not as press releases or tourist brochures would have us believe.

      Hove looks straight in the eye of a society suffering from AIDS, drought and economic hardship, but does not succumb to despair. With a wry sense of humour, he celebrates a people who live life to the full, laugh and sing, tell tall tales whatever is thrown at them. In new pieces written for this edition, he discusses the vexed issue of homosexuality in Zimbabwe and also casts an amused eye at President Mugabe's wedding.

      'Beautifully written a glimpse into a rarely seen African reality'
      Weekly Journal

      'An intimate occasionally painful look at his own land ... his observations about women and their place in Zimbabwean culture are particularly incisive'
      Publishers Weekly

      'Raw, direct and gutsy: a refreshingly honest account of life in modern Africa'
      Margaret Busby

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      'The whole is always the sum of its parts, which this slim book strives to capture with a sense of awareness, understanding, love and sadness. What emerges is a book that will provoke, make laugh and sadden in equal measure, those who are wise enough to read it.'
      Africa World Review

      '... it is lightness of touch which carries his points about the unfulfilled promises of independence far more powerfully than rage or the dour functionality of political language ever can.'
      Weekly Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

      'He has certainly rejected the tug toward political prcis and the temptation to write blandly.'
      World Literature Today

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      The Politics of Illusion


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              Henry Patterson The Politics of Illusion
              A Political History of the Sinn Fein and the IRA

              This acclaimed book remains the only comprehensive study of the IRA and Sinn Fein's attempts to create a 'social republicanism', a marriage between militant nationalism and the politics of the left. From agitation amongst the peasantry in the 1920s and collaboration with the Nazis during the Second World War to the evolution of the peace process in the 21st century, Henry Patterson analyses the various attempts to marry these two fundamentally incompatible ideologies.

              Friend and foe have described the IRA as 'socialists', 'Marxists', 'fascists' or simply as militaristic and murderous thugs. In this highly praised work the author steers us through the inevitably secretive history of both the Provisional and the Official IRA, Sinn Fein and their various front organisations, teasing out the real politics behind the labels.

              The e-book edition takes the history of Irish republicanism through to Sinn Fein's participation in Northern Ireland's power-sharing government and its electoral successes in the Republic of Ireland, and Henry Patterson concludes that, even though the IRA is no longer attempting to bomb Ulster Protestants into submission, nationalism and the politics of the left make uneasy and, when the rhetoric is cleared away, illusory bed-fellows.

              'Of immense value'
              Michael D. Higgins, The Irish Times

              'Subtle and authoritative'
              Fintan O'Toole, New York Review of Books

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              'Good, even-handed history'
              Guardian

              'The definitive history of the IRA'
              BBC Radio 4

              'An extremely timely book that will be an eye-opener for those who believe they understand Ireland and its problems'
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              Liverpool: City of the Sea


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              Tony Lane Liverpool: City of the Sea

              Liverpool in its nineteenth- and twentieth-century heyday was a city unlike any other. Its praises sung by Herman Melville, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others, it was the first place in Europe where the Chinese New Year was celebrated, the birthplace of shipping lines that pioneered the development of the multinational corporation and also of course of a band that changed musical history.

              Dockers and seafarers, merchants and shipowners all of them formed and shaped by the unpredictability of maritime trade created a city dependent on the sea that has long been one of the most cosmopolitan and culturally fertile in Europe. Liverpool's famously independent spirit expressed itself in the city's turbulent politics and almost every other aspect of urban life. With a high proportion of the male population away at sea at any given time, women played a much more important role than they did elsewhere, creating a culture quite unlike that of any other British city.

              This revised and updated e-book version of Tony Lane's highly praised Liverpool: City of the Sea takes the city's history into the twenty-first century, proving once again that Liverpool continues to inspire argument and passion like nowhere else.


              'Tony Lane has succeeded in encapsulating Liverpool's unique spirit, while at the same time charting its beginnings, the rise and decline of its "old families", its hideous poverty, its great wealth, its inability to adapt.'
              George Melly, The Guardian

              'What the book does, it does brilliantly ... Buzzes with the startling details of a passionate but disciplined enthusiasm'
              Frank Cottrell Boyce

              'Remarkably prescient'
              Tristram Hunt

              Nine Lives


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              Waldemar Lotnik, Julian Preece Nine Lives
              Ethnic Conflict in the Polish-Ukrainian Borderlands
              Foreword by Neal Ascherson

              By any standards, Waldemar Lotnik's experience of the Second World War was remarkable. Fighting in the Polish Resistance, his unit was engaged in a bitter ethnic conflict with pro-Nazi Ukrainians. Unknown in the West, this struggle was, like that raging at the same time between Serbs and Croats, provoked by the Germans arming one ethnic group and unleashing it against a rival. Lotnik described with total and sometimes frightening candour his part in a war without rules that claimed at least half a million lives.

              Captured by the Germans, Lotnik was taken to the Majdanek concentration camp. There he carted corpses to the crematorium and, like every inmate, fought a day-to-day battle for survival. When the camp was liberated, he volunteered for the new 'Red' Polish air force and, while training to fly, was recruited by the KGB to inform on his comrades. After deserting, he joined the Polish Home Army, which in the summer of 1945 was fighting a desperate but doomed battle against the country's new occupiers. With the Soviets' victory never seriously in doubt, he escaped to the West to begin a new life.

              'An unforgettable book ... one of the most tragic and horrifying memoirs to emerge from the Second World War.'
              Neal Ascherson

              'Reveals a major hidden episode in Europe's bloody history of ethnic violence .... The parallels with recent events in the Balkans are striking.'
              The Observer

              'An exceptional book ... it tells a story from a perspective we rarely, if ever, are able to see.'
              Anne Appelbaum, Literary Review

              'Vivid and disturbing ... Ably reconstructed with the help of Julian Preece, Lotnik's memoir sheds lights on a relatively unknown conflict waged within the larger drama on the Eastern Front, and hence on the topical theme of how neighbours can turn on each other with terrifying savagery, as we have recently seen in the Balkans.'
              Times Literary Supplement

              Cooking in Ten Minutes


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              Edouard de Pomiane Cooking in Ten Minutes
              Foreword by Raymond Blanc

              Uncomplicated and delicious, the 300 recipes assembled here can all be prepared in ten minutes and in a saucepan or frying pan rather than a microwave. Ultra-rapid soups, instantaneous sauces, split-second egg dishes and quick-fire desserts all feature here, together with vegetable, fish and meat recipes susceptible to Pomiane's unique approach to cooking. As fast and as witty as classic Hollywood comedy, Cooking in Ten Minutes is a book that belongs in every kitchen.

              'The ten-minute maestro'
              Julian Barnes

              'Charming'
              Jeanette Winterson

              'The best kind of cookery writing'
              Elizabeth David

              'A great enticer, a great confidence-builder'
              Sophie Grigson

              'Incredibly ahead of its time ... I love the way he wrote about food: with warmth and humour.'
              Raymond Blanc

              'A cult classic'
              The Independent

              'Sparkling wit'
              The Week

              'Inspirational'
              New York Times Magazine

              Classic Jamaican Cooking


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              Caroline Sullivan Classic Jamaican Cooking
              Traditional Recipes and Herbal Remedies

              Okra, plantains, sweet potatoes and mangoes: these and all the other essential ingredients of Jamaican cooking are now widely available in Britain and North America, bringing the island's delicious cooking within anyone's reach.

              Covering all aspects of Jamaican cuisine from soups to preserves, fish to ices, Classic Jamaican Cooking also presents a range of traditional herbal remedies and drinks. With recipes as varied as Plantain Tart and Shrimp Soup, Salt Fish Patties and Coconut Ice Cream, this book dispels forever the myth that Jamaican cookery begins with Curried Goat and ends with Rice and Peas.

              Mistress of a large Jamaican household at the end of the nineteenth century, Caroline Sullivan wrote the first ever book on Jamaican cooking. Needing only occasional modification by the modern reader ('Take seven gallons of rum, three gallons of seville orange juice ...'), she brings alive the wealth and variety of the island's food. With its blending of African and European influences, Jamaican cooking rests on a foundation of tropical fruits and vegetables, and the author draws out the full range of their flavours in one of the New World's tastiest cuisines.

              'A wealth of very good recipes'
              Frances Bissell, The Times

              'A useful addition to your kitchen library'
              The Voice

              'Wonderful ideas that will appeal to adventurous cooks'
              Lindsey Bareham

              Traditional Moroccan Cooking


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              Madame Guinaudeau Traditional Moroccan Cooking
              Recipes from Fez
              Foreword by Claudia Roden

              Moroccan cuisine is famous for its subtle blending of spices, herbs and honey with meat and vegetables. In Fez, the nation's culinary heart, the cooking has numerous influences Arab and Berber, with hints of Jewish, African and French. The country's classic dishes are couscous, tagines or stews, and bistilla, an exquisite pie made with a flaky pastry.

              Capturing the atmosphere of Fez, cultural capital of the medieval Moorish world, Madame Guinaudeau takes us behind closed doors into the kitchens and dining rooms of the old city. She invites us to a banquet in a wealthy home, shopping in the spice market and to the potter's workshop, shares with us the secrets of preserving lemons for a tagine, shows us how to make Moroccan bread.

              Traditional Moroccan Cooking is the perfect introduction to a mouth-watering culinary heritage and a vivid description of an ancient and beautiful city. It offers a taste of the delights to be found in one of the world's great gastronomic centres.

              'A jewel and an inspiration'
              Deborah Madison

              'A classic from which passion and enthusiasm come through on every page'
              Claudia Roden

              'Much, much more than a recipe book'
              The Times

              'Wafts off the page in scented waves'
              Daily Telegraph

              'Successfully evokes the magic flavours of Fez'
              Nigel Slater

              Fire and Spice


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              Joyce Westrip Fire and Spice
              Parsi Cookery

              The Parsis are descendants of the Zoroastrians who left Persia 1,300 years ago and settled along India's western coast. Their aromatic cuisine, which combines the sophistication of Persian and Middle Eastern cooking with the heat and spice of the subcontinent's, is one of Asia's last great culinary enigmas.

              Fire and Spice is the first ever book on Parsi cooking to be published outside India and introduces the reader to a delicious array of recipes, ranging from simple, everyday dishes that can be prepared in a matter of minutes to elaborate dhansaks and biryanis normally served at weddings and other special occasions.

              With its unusual, tastebud-tantalising combinations - Coconut-Flavoured Fish with Aubergine, Baked Eggs with Spicy Bananas, and Orange-Flavoured Rice with Dates - and numerous recipes suitable for vegetarians, including Sweet and Sour Pumpkin, Omelette with Ginger and Coriander, and Spinach Pilau, Fire and Spice offers a broad, mouth-watering range of authentic recipes from this little known cuisine.

              'Exquisite'
              The Bookseller

              'Inspiring recipes - written with knowledge, experience and love'
              Sri Owen

              'Her experience of Indian life furnishes her with great insight into that country's food rituals and her prose brings the festivals, markets and kitchens of the subcontinent to life.'
              The Weekend Australian

              The Aran Islands


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              J. M. Synge The Aran Islands
              Foreword by Julian Bell

              'Go to the Aran Islands. Live there as if you were one of the people themselves, express a life that has never found expression.' J.M. Synge did exactly as W.B. Yeats suggested and, revisiting these harsh yet beautiful specks of land off Ireland's west coast over a period of five years, created a literary masterpiece.

              Synge immersed himself in the islanders' lives as they steered their curaghs through Atlantic waves, mourned their dead, celebrated weddings and suffered the horrors of eviction. The Aran Islands weaves their stories with Synge's own and the result, as Colm Tibn has observed, is that 'Unlike most travel books of 100 years ago, it has not dated at all.'

              Travels in Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara


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                      J. M. Synge, Paddy Woodworth Travels in Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara

                      J.M. Synge was a tireless traveller who, while celebrating the beauties of the Irish landscape, never flinched from describing the harsh, unromantic reality of rural life.

                      Capturing the embers of a dying culture, the great playwright walks, drinks and talks with a rich assortment of country people, offering unforgettable descriptions of the Puck Fair at Killorglin and horse-racing on the strand near Dingle, of remote cottages and isolated fishing villages.

                      Seamus Heaney wrote of Synge in 'Glanmore Eclogue' that he

                      Was never happier than when he was on the road
                      With people on their uppers. Loneliness
                      Was his passport through the world. Midge-angels
                      On the face of water, the first drop before thunder...
                      His spirit lives for me in things like that.

                      Synge's wandering spirit, as well as the farmers and tinkers, weavers and boat-builders he befriended, live on in these pages, which cannot fail to delight anyone who loves Ireland and her literature.

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                      'Synge's travel writings are particularly fascinating'
                      The Irish Times

                      'Synge's Ireland will always strike an echo'
                      Times Literary Supplement

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                      The Crime Studio


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                      Steve Aylett The Crime Studio

                      'Savage talked about his life as a re-offender. How could someone be offended by the same thing twice? Was nothing learnt?'

                      Beerlight, the city of all of our futures, is not a safe place. Weaponry, rather than fast cars or designer clothes, is the ultimate status symbol. The populace is dedicated to law-breaking, politically incorrect views and hurling abuse and hand grenades at each other.

                      Combining elements of surrealism, film noir and punk rock ethos, Aylett creates a darkly comic landscape that's a cross between a Tarantino film and a Bosch painting, where murder is the ultimate expression of art.

                      The cast of hoodlums includes burglar extraordinaire Billy Panacea, conman-cum-lawyer Harpoon Specter and other fun-loving felons who hang out at the Delayed Reaction Bar on Valentine Street reading the Parole Violators Bugle.

                      'Very funny and eminently readable'
                      Interzone

                      'Make no mistake, Aylett knows his stuff'
                      i-D

                      'Hilarious and horrifying dismemberment of the urban hardboiled style. Beerlight is a scary suburb located at the exact mid-point between then and now, between Mare Street and Main Street, where no-goods, no-hopers and ne'er-do-wells do not hesitate to pump each other full of holes or drugs. Practitioners of street mime are subject to particularly gruesome atrocitites. Comic-book imagery like Jim Steranko on steroids mingles with a noiriste's worst nightmare in this distressingly brilliant debut'
                      The Guardian

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                      'Aylett hurls puns, allusions, and sarcastic asides with postmodern panache He is warped and perversely funny'
                      Washington Post Book World

                      'With half a dozen others, hacking away at sacred trees, British accent and buckskin fringe blowing in the breeze, he's blazed a unique trail into the contemporary urban forest.'
                      Boston Globe

                      'Steve Aylett's The Crime Studio is a clutch of spoof linked tales set in a post-apocalyptic, morally-inverted, gun-crazy, amyl nitrate-ventilated American city called Beerlight, where crime is the only going concern. The noirness of Beerlight owes something to Brecht's Mahagonny, but then Aylett seems to have rummaged through the works of many, including Damon Runyon, Mickey Spillane and Tank Girl, and stolen with abandon although not without effect. Sometimes Aylett is as funny and as good with a pen ('a guy whose face resembled something glimpsed through the porthole of a bathysphere') as he thinks he is, while the cartoon criminal denizens get more and more stand-up. The book has cult status written all over it.'
                      Time Out

                      'Beerlight is a city of the future. An urban streetscape peopled entirely by criminals, psychotics and idiot savants; Brute Parker, owner of the all-nite gun shop, Billy Panacea, burglar extraordinaire, Sally the Gat who shoots someone at such close range the cops drew a chalk body-outline on the ceiling An allegorical comic strip veined with mutant metaphors and amphetamine-crazed one-liners, Aylett's miniaturist polyglutted novel is immoral, indecent and wears its colours of Political Incorrectness like a bullet-riddled flag Aylett is as smart as he thinks he is. Which is pretty scary.'
                      Evening Standard

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                      Bigot Hall


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                      Steve Aylett Bigot Hall

                      Bigot Hall is the nightmare home of a family that most people would prefer to forget, but which Steve Aylett chooses to celebrate. Uncle Burst believes his face is made of pasta; the violent, grill-mouthed Uncle Snapper is confined to a treehouse; Uncle Blute is drowned in the lake at the wheel of his Morris Traveller where he remains perfectly preserved listening to classical music on the car radio; and Nanny Jack strikes terror into the community as she abandons yet another grave to return home.

                      Through this strangely happy breed strolls a nameless anti-hero who, when not evading blowtorch-wielding nuns, is passionately in love with his beautiful, spaced-out sister ...

                      'Steve Aylett is without doubt one of the most ambitious and talented writers to emerge in England in recent years. While his work echoes the best of William Burroughs, it has the mark of real originality. It's hip, cool and eloquent.'
                      Michael Moorcock

                      'Aylett is one of the great eccentrics of British genre fiction.'
                      The Guardian

                      'Aylett's prose is like poetry.' The Independent

                      'The most original and most consciousness-altering living writer in the English language, not to mention one of the funniest.'
                      Alan Moore

                      Smithereens


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                      Steve Aylett Smithereens

                      Smithereens gathers 19 stories of misfortune, madness and malady, including 'The Man Whose Head Expanded', set in a world where it is 'undisputed' that 'if you tape the average man's mouth shut he'll lie through his nose'. Heads are no longer fashionable and are instead encased in 'headgloves', which turn out to have undesirable effects, as Brank realises when one day his head expands exponentially that is, until a train shoots up his nose.

                      Meet 'Download Syndrome': 'Symptoms: 1. Constant talking with aid of cell phones and email; 2. near-zero memory retention; 3. dead-stare; 4. blithely confident attitude.' Aylett points the finger and asks, 'when the majority of the world population suffers the same condition, does it become the new normal?'

                      'The Burnished Adventures of Injury Mouse', the full text of 'Voyage of the Iguana', the last ever Beerlight story, 'Specter's Way', 'Horoscope' and the closest thing Aylett has ever written to a traditional science-fiction story, 'Bossanova' (featuring a robot and two spaceships) are amongst the tales from beyond any existence you can possibly imagine.

                      Smithereens is Aylett's most recent collection, one in which he outstrips his reputation 'He has made a career out of redefining the boundaries of science fiction and sanity.' (Barnes & Noble Spotlight Feature).

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                      'An unstoppable master of space and time'
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                      'The most original voice in the literary scene'
                      Michael Moorcock

                      'The coolest writer alive today'
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                      Steve Aylett Shamanspace

                      'To those who know that the inhabitants of heaven and hell are political prisoners, that the law is as preventative as next year's weather, that the post-human's too predictable, South London has always been a playground.'

                      What if god were found to exist? What if revenge were possible? Competing groups of assassins race to exterminate the creator, with young gun Alix the favourite.

                      But conflict among the Edgemen sends Alix in pursuit of renegade shaman Quinas and a psychic splinter group. Waging multidimensional war, the Edgemen travel through sidespace to confront at last the source of evil and hit back at a toxic universe, even at the risk of ending it.

                      This short poetic novella is a dense, corrosive satirical trip. Unlike most Aylett books, there are very few humorous diversions. It's like having a bucket of spiked sherbet dumped into your skull.

                      'A dizzying psychedelic rush'
                      The Times

                      'Frenzied and freewheeling'
                      Washington Post

                      'Imagine Gnosticism and Existentialism forced to fuck at gunpoint by a leering gang of vicious academics, or The Matrix choreographed by Samuel Beckett for MTV. Imagine assassinating the entire universe with just one bullet in the right place. Shamanspace is as short, seductive and deadly as a bad midget in a shiny red coat. Aylett deals prose that belongs on the Class A drugs schedule and cruelly condenses two thousand years of dualist thinking into a fluorescent cocktail of cynical adventure. Shamanspace explains why we're here, what it's all for, and why we should try our best to kill it as soon as possible. If you've been waiting for someone to toss off a Bible for the 21st century, if you've been waiting for the kill order on rave culture and the chemical generation, if you've been waiting for the first great neo-modernist novelist of the new century ... your wait is now over.'
                      Grant Morrison, creator of The Invisibles

                      Atom


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                      Steve Aylett Atom

                      'Hundreds of famous brains, beamed the newsgirl What. A. Mess.' Even Atom, a detective who harasses anyone who comes near him, wants to get to the bottom of what happened on the night the City Brain Facility blew up.

                      Blince, Benny, mobster Eddie Thermidor and the other denizens of Beerlight wonder what the hell he's doing. Bugs, brain-stealing and inevitable thermonuclear disaster are all given due consideration in this close-wired novel, where even the president's penchant for bestiality comes with little surprise.

                      There's no such thing as a normal angle it's just not done that way.


                      'A jaw-droppingly dark and funny work'
                      Guardian

                      'Vivid, visceral and very, very good'
                      The Face

                      'If Raymond Chandler had gulped a handful of hallucinogens before sitting down to write a whodunit, something like Atom would likely have resulted.'
                      Washington Post

                      'As on the button as tomorrow's news. This is toon-noir. He has a cold, accurate eye, a mocking wit and black, playful angle of attack which has learned something from cyberpunk but has that smack of idiosyncracy, that sense of exploring new territories, that laconic, confident humour which tells you this is exactly the book you've been waiting for.'
                      Michael Moorcock

                      'A fabulous read; pacy, vivacious and brimming with a love of the formula'
                      SFX

                      'Laugh-out-loud funny. Eccentrically stylish'
                      Starburst

                      'A kick in the frontal lobe, a sucker punch to the soul. Nothing short of spectacular.'
                      sfsite.com

                      'Gloriously deranged. Sparkling prose. Viciously funny, furiously intelligent and totally uncompromising.'
                      Waterstones 'Enigma' magazine

                      Toxicology


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                      Steve Aylett Toxicology

                      'Smithereens are hard to aggregate. Penguins can slide on their bellies but the humour is wasted on those stiff-billed bastards yet put a paper hat on an owl and it's you who feels like a fool.'

                      Corpses rain down from the sky as punishment for the massacres of the last century. A teacher solves the behavioural problems of a young girl by installing a nest of black spiders in her brain cavity. A police chief and his trooper unravel the twisted suicide of an ex-mobster by rehydrating a raisin. Criminals in animal masks parade around Beerlight City. A volunteer test subject for experimental hallucinogens experiences the entire history of mankind in a sensory deprivation tank.

                      This collection of early stories displays a variety of ghastly objects removed from the surface of Steve Aylett's brain, in which he tears down the walls of reality and lets all of the monsters out. Including the 9/11 story 'Gigantic' (first published in 1998), a unique take on The Bible Code ('The Waffle Code'), a shrewd riff on police/press bugging, 'The Met Are All For This', and 'Resenter', the first of several 'one particle of honesty destroys an entire city' stories.


                      'A potent, poisonous, post-cyberpunk cocktail of ultraviolence and outrage with a splash of Burroughs, a dash of Ballard, and a twist of Dick ... the ideas are clever, the anger is justified, the prose is imaginative, and the dialogue is sharp.'
                      Tbook.com

                      'A mindbursting overload of sensation'
                      January Magazine

                      'An excellent sampler of Aylett's terse literary style, bracingly keen satirical wit and disconcertingly brilliant revisions of genre conventions ... Here's condensed prose of narcotic intensity.'
                      Starburst

                      'Aylett's steady output of ribald, unpredictably plotted novels has earned him a reputation as one of sf's true mavericks.'
                      Booklist

                      Novahead


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                      Steve Aylett Novahead

                      'Here's one you won't get a paradox. 'A' states that everything 'B' says is a lie. 'B' states that everything 'A' says is true. Easy. A and B are lying and mistaken, both and simultaneously. Happens all the time.'

                      About to quit the failed experiment of civilisation, fake detective Taffy Atom is detained by one last case a boy with a bomb in his mind. But what's the trigger?

                      Against a backdrop of buildings the colour of dried blood and a formaldehyde sky above streets filled with cars on their side billowing with smoke, Atom is pursued by cops, mobsters, mercenaries and a mechanical swan. He carries the bomb and trigger through Beerlight City, the single holdout of creative mischief in a world overtaken by the trend-led Fadlands.

                      By the relentless principles of gun karma Aylett's final Beerlight book lands you in the Delayed Reaction Bar and fixes you a glass of antifreeze with everything in it. Listen to your heart. It will not stop slowly.

                      'The most original and most consciousness-altering living writer in the English language, not to mention one of the funniest. In Novahead Aylett delivers his most searing work to date and comes up with noir fiction so black it's fluorescent.'
                      Alan Moore

                      'A phenomenal talent'
                      Trashotron

                      'The sheer exuberance and inventiveness that can take a sentence, twist it through an unfathomable angle, and layer on meanings and associations that enrich the text. There's a real sense of Aylett's joy in playing with words, a sense of fun, that is still mingled with acute observation.'
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                      'So successful is Aylett at blending comedy with narrative that you'll find yourself pausing frequently until you can stop laughing.'
                      Starburst

                      Fain the Sorcerer


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                      Steve Aylett Fain the Sorcerer
                      Foreword by Alan Moore

                      After strangling a mime in the King's court, Fain encounters a crazy old man who offers to grant him three wishes. What will Fain ask for?

                      'Fain knew at once what had happened he had travelled back in time as he had wished, but his clothing hadn't. 'I've read about how tricky this wishing game can be. Genies seem to revel in deliberately misunderstanding the simplest orders.'

                      Looping through his own past and offending kings and leaders throughout the world, Fain searches for the means to wisely direct his new powers.

                      His quest grows increasingly vivid as he encounters monsters, mermaids, warlocks and autarchs, gathering richer understanding with each magic gift. With an introduction by Alan Moore, Fain the Sorcerer is a dense and mischievous work of shamanic satire.

                      'Aylett makes both the journey and its end an absolute delight for the reader ... an instant classic in the field'
                      Locus

                      'Rip-roaring good fun'
                      Jeff Vandermeer, SFsite

                      'A stunning work of the imagination that is also very, very funny, from one of the most exciting and innovative creators to emerge along in years.'
                      Alan Moore

                      'Aylett has made a career out of redefining the boundaries of science fiction and sanity.'
                      Barnes & Noble Spotlight Feature

                      Slaughtermatic


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                      Steve Aylett Slaughtermatic

                      'Beerlight was a blown circuit, where to kill a man was less a murder than a mannerism Crime was the new and only artform.'

                      A book with its own nervous system, Slaughtermatic follows Dante Cubit through the streets of Beerlight as he hunts for a crime mentor, tangling with Chief Henry Blince and the hitman Brute Parker on the way.

                      Real satire amid the bomb zombies, scary clowns and needle bars of the city. Gun karma navigated. Hassle with the locals, breaking our man in half.

                      After robbing a bank with the aid of a painkiller-guzzling, trigger-happy Kid and attempting to escape by killing his own recent-past self, Dante soon realises that there is no escape from a trap that expands with you.

                      Winner of the Jack Trevor Story Award and shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award

                      'A dizzying cyber-coaster of a novel ... Is this the future of fiction?'
                      Guardian

                      'Not only conceptually brilliant and satirically walloping, but stylistically innovative ... either a boffo prose poem or a transcendent obscene phone call. You decide.'
                      Paul DiFilippo, Asimov's Science Fiction

                      'Wickedly funny futuristic pulp thriller. As far from Agatha Christie as you can get.'
                      Mike Ripley, Daily Telegraph

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                      'This is sci-fi for non-geeks.'
                      The Face

                      'A phenomenal talent'
                      Trashotron

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                      Rebel at the End of Time


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                      Steve Aylett Rebel at the End of Time

                      21st-century revolutionary Leo finds himself at the End of Time, surrounded by decadent sorcerers whose childlike incomprehension is his worst nightmare. How to be effective when consequence is removed? What can have meaning when everything is transformed into fashion? Can love exist here? Leo storms through this lurid land in search of meaning, a cause and a meal he can recognise.

                      A new adventure in Michael Moorcock's 'End of Time' Universe

                      'One of the most unique and original voices I've read in SF/ Fantasy fiction in a long time.'
                      Phil Beresford

                      'A phenomenal talent'
                      Trashotron

                      'The sheer exuberance and inventiveness that can take a sentence, twist it through an unfathomable angle, and layer on meanings and associations that enrich the text. There's a real sense of Aylett's joy in playing with words, a sense of fun, that is still mingled with acute observation.'
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