‘One of the finest British novelists of the twentieth century’: Patrick Hamilton by Martyn Waites

Martyn Waites photographed by Charlie Hopkinson © 2009 Now then: a proper treat for you’s dear readers, moreover a pleasurable privilege for the Finds blog to hereby unveil another guest-author contribution – this from the Newcastle upon Tyne-born novelist Martyn Waites, much-acclaimed author of the Tyneside-set Joe Donovan crime novels and also one-half of the…

“Music journalism at its best”: The Word on Dave Rimmer’s ‘Like Punk Never Happened’

Connoisseurial pop-culture magazine The Word gets it just right, I feel, about Dave Rimmer’s just-reissued Like Punk Never Happened: ‘This remarkable book, first published in 1986, is an inside-the-machine document of the tabloid-fuelled, business-modelled pop that dominated the early ’80s, not only commercially but also culturally. While much is about the rise and fall of…

How Gustav Mahler Changed Music

A small boy sits on a log in the forest. He sits there all day long because he is terrified to go home, where his father yells at his lame mother, the servants mock his serious mien and downstairs, in the roaring bar, soldiers and town girls engage in dangerous foreplay. The dark forest, which…

Daljit Nagra: Exploring Britishness

Life after Look We Have Coming to Dover! has changed dramatically for me. I moved house twice, I got married and I have two young daughters. In addition, I work just two days at school because of all the poetry work I have been getting over the past few years. I attribute all these changes…

FaberFinds @FutureBook: A mission statement…

Last week your correspondent contributed a post to the Bookseller’s excellent FutureBook blog, a rolling commentary on digital developments in publishing and one that I consider utterly essential to publishers and authors (and so, by extension, to readers…?) – for all that it occasionally induces alarm/panic over the pace of change we’re witnessing in the…