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

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

The transition from Horniman’s ‘Israel Rank’ to Ealing’s ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’

Robert Hamer’s classic Ealing comedy of manners Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) has just returned to UK cinema screens in splendour: the Observer‘s rightly legendary critic Philip French hails it as one of ‘the two most perfect British movies’ (can you guess the other?) A fine moment, then, for us to point out that the | Continue reading The transition from Horniman’s ‘Israel Rank’ to Ealing’s ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’

Cathi Unsworth hails Patrick Hamilton and Twopence Coloured in the Guardian

Cathi Unsworth Well, it seems we did the right thing here at Finds by returning Patrick Hamilton’s early Twopence Coloured to its natural readership. Bloggers and Tweeters have been sounding their approval, and it’s always a bonus when the broadsheet press (as we can still call them for the moment) take note of a Finds | Continue reading Cathi Unsworth hails Patrick Hamilton and Twopence Coloured in the Guardian

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 | Continue reading FaberFinds @FutureBook: A mission statement…