Coal Black Mornings

Coal Black Mornings

Paperback Published on: 20/12/2018
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'...a quietly wistful, ineffably romantic coming of age story, a beautiful little reminder of the magic that happens around the edges.' - The Sunday Times Brett Anderson came from a world impossibly distant from rock star success, and in Coal Black Mornings he traces the journey that took him from a childhood as 'a snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy raised on Salad Cream and milky tea and cheap meat' to becoming founder and lead singer of Suede. Anderson grew up in Hayward's Heath on the grubby fringes of the Home Counties. As a teenager he clashed with his eccentric taxi-driving father (who would parade around their council house dressed as Lawrence of Arabia, air-conducting his favourite composers) and adored his beautiful, artistic mother. He brilliantly evokes the seventies, the suffocating discomfort of a very English kind of poverty and the burning need for escape that it breeds. Anderson charts the shabby romance of creativity as he travelled the tube in search of inspiration, fuelled by Marmite and nicotine, and Suede's rise from rehearsals in bedrooms, squats and pubs. And he catalogues the intense relationships that make and break bands as well as the devastating loss of his mother. Coal Black Mornings is profoundly moving, funny and intense - a book which stands alongside the most emotionally truthful of personal stories.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9781408710487
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 24 mm

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Coal Black Mornings
Prepare to be swayed...
Brett Anderson has written one of the best books I've read in a long time. As a writer he is truly exceptional, and this is something of a revelation. (Ana... READ MORE
Iain Martin
Coal Black Mornings
Evocative read
Devoured this is one sitting. Beautifully crafted, searingly honest depiction of his childhood, Brett Anderson details his early years. His skill sharing t... READ MORE
sarah millington