More About the Author
In 2008 blogger, newspaper columnist, clothes store owner and Soho scene veteran Clayton Littlewood released his first book: Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho.
The book, which began life as a blog with a cult following and became a popular column in The London Paper, was based on Clayton's experiences running the Dirty White Boy clothes store with his partner Jorge Betancourt in Soho's Old Compton Street.
Reviews compared the book to the diaries of Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf and Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. In 2009 it was named Gay Times Book of the Year and was endorsed by celebrities such as Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry, Holly Johnson and Sebastian Horsley.
In April 2009 Clayton turned the book into a play. It premiered at the Trafalgar Studios in London's West End and starred Clayton and the actor David Benson. It sold out. The play returned a year later for an extended run receiving reviews from, among others, Nicholas de Jongh and Paul Gambaccini. Now Clayton's written a sequel, Goodbye to Soho.
'Clayton has been seduced by Soho's sleazy magic and through him so are we.' -- Marc Almond
'As scurrilous and entertaining as ever.' --Rupert Smith (Man's World)
'Like Isherwood's Berlin, Littlewood's Soho comes to life right off the page.' --Jonathan Kemp (London Triptych)
'Downright Dickensian...not simply a good writer but a great writer.' --Polari Magazine
'That dirty old whore Soho has no better pimp than Clayton Littlewood.' --Tim Fountain (Resident Alien)
'Beautifully composed vignettes...observed by a ravenous, compassionate, amused voyeur of the first rank.' --Nicholas de Jongh (Plague Over England)
PRAISE FOR DIRTY WHITE BOY:TALES OF SOHO
'Touching, funny and poignant.' --Sir Elton John
'Funny, perceptive, sexy, exquisitely observed.' --Stephen Fry
'A 21st Century Samuel Pepys of the Soho subculture.' -- Holly Johnson
'A collection of witty and piquant vignettes.' --The London Paper
'Clayton Littlewood's book is tender, warm and full of humanity.' --New Statesman
'His novel truly shines.'--Gay Times (Book of the Year 2009)
'Downright hysterical.'--QX Magazine
'This book is awesome.'--Instinct (US)
'A sense of historic Soho (Rimbaud and Verlaine, Quentin Crisp) percolates through the book.'-- One80 magazine
'Original anecdotes and real life stories told with a Hogarthian incisiveness -a sort of unofficial tourist guide evoking a vivid portrait of an area that is like no other.'--West End Extra
'As evocative in its own way as Isherwood's take on that other sin bin, the Berlin of the 1920's...a twenty first century love story to Soho.'--The Soho Society
'A warts'n'all year of seedy beauty, faded glamour and real danger...It is honest, writing without preconceptions, Clayton stayed true to himself, and so his book stays true to Soho.'--reFresh Magazine
'Clayton Littlewood evokes the sights and smells of an historic gaybourhood.'--Toronto Star (Canada)
'Funny. Observant. Gives a sense of gay history without being preachy. Compulsively readable... like one of those historic diaries like Samuel Pepys' or Virginia Woolf's.'--Gay NZ.com (New Zealand)
'It is because of Clayton's genuine interest in the people he writes about that Dirty White Boy is such a compelling read.'--Polari Magazine
'When writers try to make art that is universal and not personal they always fail - its being personal that makes it universal in the end...Soho is like an upturned dustbin and he like a drunk rummaging through it. He shows us that all that glitters is not gold. And all that smells is not garbage.'--Sebastian Horsley, author of Dandy in the Underworld
'The the queer descendent of Samuel Pepys, Clayton Littlewood captures the day-to-day drama of his London in all its demented glory.'--Michael Thomas Ford, author of Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me and Last Summer
'A hilarious and poignant fly-on-the-wall view of Soho. Clayton Littlewood is the wisest fly you will ever meet.'--Josh Kilmer-Purcell, author of I Am Not Myself These Days
'Insightful, humorous, heart-breaking.'--Arthur Wooten, author of On Picking Fruit, Fruit Cocktail and Birthday Pie
'Dirty White Boy does for Soho in the digital age what Samuel Pepys and Daniel Defoe did for London in the 17th Century...their stories are what makes Dirty White Boy such a wonderful book.'--AfterElton.com
'The more I read the more I became totally engrossed...reliving the sights, sounds and even the smells of Soho. The rich cast of characters is painted in all their beauty and dirtiness making for some terrific tales.'--GayNewsBits.com