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Archive for October, 2008

So, we’re finalising the cover for the paperback edition of Not In My Name, out next April. I’m pleased with the result. We’ve also chosen the review quotes to include on the cover.

“A spirited attack” – Nick Cohen, The Observer
“Waspish and witty” – Daily Mail
“A feverish anthology” – Word magazine
“Absolutely brilliant – this is a fabulous, clear-eyed book that will frequently make you laugh out loud” – Jewish Chronicle
“Burchill and Newkey-Burden are spot on” – Gay Times
“A by-product of early-onset dementia” – New Statesman

That final one still makes me chuckle!

I am sometimes asked why I decided to write a biography of Amy Winehouse. Her talent, notoriety and popularity were three good reasons. However, her hilarious second appearance on Never Mind The Buzzcocks was probably the clincher. In case you didn’t see it, here is a collection of her best bits that evening. Absolutely hilarious. Also, check out Penny Smith’s dress, which I described as ‘resembling a plate of hummus with paprika sprinkled over it’.

I particularly like her expression as she hands the mic back. She seems to be thinking: “I did really well there.”

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