Playing Possum is an unashamedly modernist novel. A mix of shocking thriller and reportage, it captures a moment in the history of the north Kent coast that almost happened. It is available as a paperback here.
An American poet spends a night in Whitstable’s Duke of Cumberland Hotel in 1922. He is followed there 90 years later.
First published in 1991, it is a collection of Murray’s legendary journalism on music and much, much more from the 1970s and 1980s in New Musical Express and elsewhere. The Guardian described Murray as ‘one of the best British writers on pop music, and this is a compilation of HIS best’ – and it’s published here with a new introduction by Joel Nathan Rosen and a new afterword by CSM himself.
Moscow Gold? The Soviet Union and the British left by Paul Anderson and Kevin Davey is available as a paperback here and as an e-book here.
‘Anderson and Davey have taken advantage of the vast amount of research into communism since the end of the cold war. They wear it lightly, and refreshingly, are open about their political position. As members of the democratic left, they believe that communism was a disaster for left wing politics. It tied the left to tyranny and the lies and disillusion that went with it.’
‘Brilliant and dangerous … one wild-ride roller-coaster that soars to altitudes of unfettered wit and then plunges with a startling and implacably knowing anger.’ MICK FARREN
‘Superb.’ GREG PALAST
‘Fierce, funny, moving and sulphurous.’
‘The Johnny Cash of rock journalism.’
PHIL CAMPBELL, MOTORHEAD
‘The rock critic’s rock critic.’
‘Front-line cultural warrior.’
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